Mueller Gets Another Cooperation Plea: Sam Patten

Special Counsel Robert Mueller's team picked up another notch on its belt today with the guilty plea of Sam Patten, a Republican lobbyist who specialized in Russian and Ukraine affairs.

Patten pleaded guilty to a FARA (Foreign Agents Registration Act) violation. The NY Times decodes several of the persons referred to as "Foreigner A" "Foreigner B", "Company A", etc.

The Information (charging document, in lieu of an Indictment) is here. His plea agreement is here. His statement of offense (factual basis for the plea) is here. [More...]

Via Vox:

Like Manafort, Patten worked for Ukraine’s pro-Russian political faction. Like Manafort, his payments went through offshore accounts in Cyprus.

Also like Manafort, Patten worked closely with Konstantin Kilimnik, a Russian national who Mueller claims is tied to Russian intelligence services. (Mueller indicted Kilimnik alongside Manafort this year for attempted witness tampering, but he is overseas and has not been arrested.)

Patten told the Daily Beast that he worked with Cambridge Analytica during the 2014 US elections including "hon[ing] Cambridge Analytica’s microtargeting operation " and on “several overseas campaigns.”

Mueller has long believed that Kilimnik, “has ties to Russian intelligence service and had such ties in 2016.”

According to the Plea Agreement, Patten was first interviewed by Mueller's team in May, 2018.
Prosecutions for FARA violations are rare -- there isn't even a sentencing guideline that addresses FARA directly.

Patten's plea agreement confirms he is cooperating in hope of receiving a benefit at sentencing. His cooperation will include further debriefings by government agents and prosecutors working with Mueller, including providing testimony to the grand jury or at trials.

One interesting item in his plea agreement: He's not allowed to make money for speeches, books, articles, etc about his illegal conduct.

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    Camus' Letters to a German Friend (5.00 / 2) (#14)
    by ruffian on Mon Sep 03, 2018 at 12:53:19 PM EST
    A twitter post yesterday made me dig out my old college copy  of Albert Camus' Resistance, Rebellion, and Death and I am so glad I did. Amazing beautiful writing, the first part written citing the Nazi occupation of  France. At this link below Goodreads has compiled some of the best quotes, from his Letters to a German Friend. If the forward to publishing the letters he makes clear the 'you' applies to Nazis, as opposed to all Germans.

    Letters to a German Friend

    The parallels to today are obvious, just a matter of degree.

    One of my faorite quotes

    "I belong to a nation which for the past four years has begun to relive the course of her entire history and which is calmly and surely preparing out of the ruins to make another history...Your nation, on the other hand, has received from its sons only the love it deserved, which was blind. A nation is not justified by such love. That will be your undoing. And you who were already conquered in your greatest victories, what will you be in the approaching defeat?"

    Darn (none / 0) (#1)
    by FlJoe on Fri Aug 31, 2018 at 06:01:30 PM EST
    Mueller, everyone was expecting a bombshell but all we got was a(spun off) tease. That being said, there is a bit of meat here.

     I believe that foreigner A, suspected to be K Kilimnik  is a central figure in the whole operation, we knew of his connections to Gates and Manafort but this shows that his operations went beyond that.

    I think the biggest tease in today's filing is the first glimpse of the illegal money trail that was flowing from foreign sources into tRumps orbit.

    To me (5.00 / 1) (#11)
    by Ga6thDem on Sat Sep 01, 2018 at 11:15:06 AM EST
    this is the first direct link between Russia and the Trump campaign. Patten is the link between Cambridge Analytica, Russia and the Trump campaign.

    The more I hear the more I think there was something fishy going on in 2014. Remember how we all had that same feeling in 2014 that we had in 2016?


    The Sept Manafort trial (none / 0) (#12)
    by CaptHowdy on Sat Sep 01, 2018 at 11:26:28 AM EST
    Is allllllll about Russia.

    It's about him, and now this other guy, being agents of a hostile power.

    What does FOX NEWS say?


    Correct (5.00 / 1) (#13)
    by FlJoe on Sat Sep 01, 2018 at 12:44:00 PM EST
    Mueller revealed the Patten plea as an appetizer for the Manafort trial. Same crime, same cast of characters. I know it's technically not his case, but the timing does seem very  choreographed.

    David Corn just said (none / 0) (#2)
    by CaptHowdy on Fri Aug 31, 2018 at 06:23:42 PM EST
    This could be significant.  

    In the plea deal he admitted lying to congress.  A crime.

    if it means prosecutors are going to start looking at others who have lied to congress it could open up a whole new Vista of charges against all the people the republicans have refused to call out.  Like Bannon, DJTJ, Eric Prince, Roger Stone etc etc


    I think the lying to congress just gives (5.00 / 2) (#9)
    by ruffian on Sat Sep 01, 2018 at 08:42:11 AM EST
    them something easy to plead down to in exchange for cooperation, so they don't get as much time on the real charges. Very convenient for Mueller that they are all such lying sacks of poo. Gives him plenty of lesser charges to work with.

    The Patten stuff gets into the Inaugural Committee which has lots of people named Trump involved. Anything the gives them all another bad week is good in my book.


    Marcy Wheeler (none / 0) (#3)
    by FlJoe on Fri Aug 31, 2018 at 06:51:33 PM EST
    spotted the same thing, but I'm not sure how much leverage that gives especially him over the big fish, I see it more as a signal to everyone that he is aware of each of their lies, hoping to catch a few more cooperators. I just don't think Mueller has neither the resources or the desire to actually prosecute a bunch of lying to congress charges.

    Which is why this is been sort of (none / 0) (#4)
    by CaptHowdy on Fri Aug 31, 2018 at 06:55:49 PM EST
    Handed off.  Given Trumps trashing of the justice system and all in it the line for hand offs is probably around the corner

    And I think every exposed and prosecuted lie is probably good.  For Mueller, for us, just good all around.


    Apparently Mueller's team now consists of (none / 0) (#5)
    by oculus on Fri Aug 31, 2018 at 09:33:36 PM EST
    15 attorneys.  Two left.

    This is not (none / 0) (#6)
    by CaptHowdy on Fri Aug 31, 2018 at 09:58:02 PM EST
    "Muellers attorneys"

    Apparently one or two were in court but they are not the ones behind it.

    It was handed off.  Like Cohen to the SDNY


    You are correct. Just highlighting (none / 0) (#7)
    by oculus on Fri Aug 31, 2018 at 10:12:37 PM EST
    the # of attorneys on the team, which may explain why they are not pursuing witnesses who lied to Congress.  

    Republicans maybe? (none / 0) (#8)
    by jmacWA on Sat Sep 01, 2018 at 06:00:37 AM EST
    Given Trump's constant harping on 17 angry Democrats, now he'll have to back off to 15 </snark>

    Yeah, I think Mueller has no Fs to give (none / 0) (#10)
    by ruffian on Sat Sep 01, 2018 at 08:43:56 AM EST
    about lying to Congress, except as bargaining chips.