Federal prosecutors urge leniency for GOP lobbyist who provided 'substantial' help to Mueller and other investigations

Federal prosecutors urge leniency for GOP lobbyist who provided 'substantial' help to Mueller and other investigations
CBS News/Georgetown University

Although special counsel Robert Mueller’s Russia investigation has concluded, the legal woes of some of the Donald Trump associates caught up in the probe have not—and one of those associates is GOP lobbyist Sam Patten, who was charged with acting as an unregistered foreign agent and is due to be sentenced this Friday, April 12. Patten’s attorneys are urging leniency for Patten, writing on Monday that he “became a reliable and valuable resource” for Mueller’s team and has “earned the trust of the government.”

The specific ways in which Patten helped Mueller’s probe, according to his defense attorneys, will be outlined in sealed filings that are not publicly available.

Federal prosecutors for the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Columbia have also urged leniency for Patten, noting that he was helpful not only to Mueller’s probe, but other federal investigations as well. Prosecutors wrote that the lobbyist has “met with government investigators, in person or by phone, a total of nine separate times to answer numerous questions and explain various documents. In all of these sessions, Patten has been honest and straightforward with government investigators.”

Prosecutors also noted that Patten offered evidence against Trump’s former 2016 campaign manager, Paul Manafort, who been found guilty of or pled guilty to tax fraud, bank fraud, witness tampering and other federal crimes as a result of Mueller’s investigation and been sentenced to seven and one-half years in prison.

When Patten became a target of the Russia probe, Mueller’s office took a close look at Patten’s relationship with Russian/Ukrainian oligarch Konstantin Kilimnik. In August 2018, Patten pled guilty to violating the Foreign Agents Registration Act; from 2014-2018, he lobbied for the Ukrainian political party Opposition Bloc—and as part of his plea deal, Patten admitted to laundering a $50,000 contribution from Kilimnik to Trump’s inaugural committee.


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