U.S. associate of indicted Russian pleads guilty, to cooperate with Robert Mueller

U.S. associate of indicted Russian pleads guilty, to cooperate with Robert Mueller

Kerry Wise
September 3, 2018

Patten told the Daily Beast earlier this year that he worked with the company in its 2014 US elections work and on "several overseas campaigns".

Patten said that his relationship with Kilimnik-a former officer in Russia's Main Intelligence Directorate (GRU) who worked closely with Trump's campaign chairman Paul Manafort and his deputy, Rick Gates, for over a decade-has "been thoroughly explored by relevant government entities".

Foreigner A is believed to be Konstantin Kilimnik, Manafort's co-defendant in a trial that kicks off next month in D.C. on similar charges to the one Patten faces.

Patten "knew at the time that he took all of the actions described above that the Foreign Agents Registration Act required him to register in order to engage legally in such United States activities for a foreign principal", the charging document states.

The company was paid more than $1 million through an offshore Cypriot bank account to advise the party and its members, including a "prominent Ukraine oligarch" between 2014 and this year, according to a court document filed Friday.

For decades, prosecutors have rarely brought charges for violating the Foreign Agents Registration Act.

But Andrew Weissmann, one of the lead Mueller team attorneys in the Manafort prosecution, was seen at court Friday ahead of Patten's appearance. Patten did not speak to reporters at the court, but apologized to family and friends on Facebook after entering his plea.

The topic came up a year later in January 2018 when Patten testified before the Senate intelligence committee as part of its investigation into Russian election interference and possible coordination with Trump associates.

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Separately, the Trump campaign hired Cambridge Analytica for its data services in 2016.

Court papers say the op-ed was published in February 2017 in a "national United States media outlet", but they do not name the media outlet or Foreigner B. However, on February 6, 2017, an op-ed published under Serhiy Lyovochkin's name appeared in U.S. News and World Report.

Kilimnik and Manafort, meanwhile, have been indicted on allegations tied to their own work in Ukraine. The charge is a felony and carries a maximum prison sentence of five years, Miller said.

The Ukrainian opposition bloc had deep ties to Russian Federation in the period in which Patten represented them, including former Ukrainian President and opposition bloc member Viktor Yanukovych living in Russian Federation after he was driven out of Ukraine in 2014.

No sentencing date has been set. And he worked in Kazakhstan, where he consulted for multinational companies like Coca-Cola and Texaco and reopened the country office for the International Republican Institute, a nongovernmental civil society group that promotes democracy and elections.

After the congressional testimony, Patten then destroyed documents relating to his foreign work. Also in attendance was Scott Claffee, a trial lawyer in the Justice Department's National Security Division.

The 35-minute court proceeding was sparsely attended by members of the press and court employees, yet members of Mueller's special counsel's office filled a front row of seats.