Manafort ally agrees to cooperate with USA after guilty plea

GOP consultant with ties to Paul Manafort charged with lobbying violation

The documents filed along with Patten's plea lay out years of work he performed for a wealthy Ukrainian businessman and a Ukrainian political party known as the Opposition Bloc beginning in 2014.

Patten is a business partner of Kilimnik, a longtime associate of Paul Manafort, the former campaign chairman for Donald Trump's presidential campaign.

Manafort was recently convicted of eight counts of financial crimes in a federal case brought by Mueller's team.

As part of his lobbying work, he violated the Foreign Agents Registration Act, the USA said.

Mr. Kilimnik is not named in Friday's charging papers against Mr. Patten, but is identified as "Foreigner A", a Russian national who formed a company in the United States with Mr. Patten. However, a member of Mueller's team, Andrew Weissmann, was present in the courtroom Friday.

Patten was informed in writing of the ban, court papers say. No date has been set for his sentencing.

According to prosecutors, in early 2017, Foreigner A asked Patten for help in obtaining tickets for Trump's inauguration on behalf of another person, identified only as Foreigner B.

Berman Jackson also spoke on the rarity of a foreign lobbying prosecution.

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Patten then attended an inauguration event with the Ukrainian client, the document said. Back in June, Mueller issued a superseding indictment, adding obstruction of justice and conspiracy charges to a litany of lobbying and fraud offenses allegedly committed by Manafort.

The maximum sentence for Patten is five years in prison.

In January 2015, Patten and Kilimnik tried to coordinate meetings between his clients and lawmakers on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee and House Committee on Foreign Affairs, State Department officials, and multiple members of the US press corps, prosecutors allege.

Patten also reportedly worked at the OR office of Cambridge Analytica's parent company, SCL Group, on voter targeting in the US 2014 midterm election cycle, according to the Daily Beast, which said he described his work as developing "microtargeting" technologies "adopted by at least one major USA presidential candidate".

Patten's long friendship with Kilimnik-which stems from their time working together at the International Republican Institute in Moscow between 2001 and 2003-would likely be enough to draw scrutiny from Mueller, who appears to have homed in on Kilimnik as a potentially significant link between the Trump campaign and Russian Federation. Also in attendance was Scott Claffee, a trial lawyer in the Justice Department's National Security Division.

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.

According to the filing, Patten also drafted op-ed articles for the oligarch and succeeded in having at least one published by a national American media outlet in February 2017.

He also became the latest official linked to Trump or his political circle to reach aan agreement to cooperate with special counsel Robert Mueller's probe.

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