Washington Operative Who Lobbied For Ukrainian Party Charged
Sep 03, 2018, 04:15
From 2014, Patten provided a "prominent" Ukrainian oligarch, who isn't named in court papers, and his Opposition Bloc political party with lobbying and consulting services, according to the criminal information.
Later, Patten wrote talking points and letters used to lobby US officials on the behalf of the businessman, who is referred to as "Foreigner B".
In his plea agreement, Patten said he arranged for a US citizen to act as a "straw" buyer to purchase four inauguration tickets for $50,000 for a Ukrainian client.
Patten registered with Congress in 2016 to lobby for a group called the Committee to Destroy Isis, which was financed in part by a Jordanian construction company, according to disclosures filed with the Senate Office of Public Records. He faces up to five years in prison and a fine of up to $250,000.
To avoid rules banning the foreign donations, Patten redirected the funds through a straw donor.
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Begemot, which is Russian for "behemoth", matches details of the unidentified firm that prosecutors say received cash for Patten's Ukraine work.
Manafort later did consulting work for Opposition Bloc, which was set up by former members of the Party of Regions and their financial backers after Yanukovych fled the country in February 2014 amid mass street protests.
Patten, 47, was charged with violating the Foreign Agents Registration Act (Fara) by failing to register with the U.S. government as an agent for a foreign country.
Special counsel Robert Mueller referred the case to prosecutors in Washington, DC.
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Patten's case was initially under investigation by the Special Counsel's Office before being referred over to the Justice Department. It is being handled by the USA attorney in DC and the DOJ National Security Division.
Patten's work in Ukraine dovetailed somewhat with that of Manafort.
Manafort's relationship with Kilimnik stretches back years. "If this is his ace in the hole, I am profoundly depressed", Patten told the news outlet. "You can't just fly in and talk about the good ole days of Nixon".
Patten was born into a milieu of social climbing and Washington power politics.
Patten told The Post in 2014 that a visit by the newly inaugurated President John F. Kennedy to the Alsop home on Dumbarton Street NW, hours after numerous festivities, confirmed the social prominence of his grandmother and his step-grandfather, the political columnist Joseph Alsop. The child belonged to a notable British politician, Duff Cooper, with whom she'd had an affair in the late 1940s. After Patten Sr.'s death in 1960, his widow married Joseph Alsop, his close friend. He also was a reporter for a weekly newspaper in Camden that his father owned. Manafort is set to go on trial in that case next month on charges that also include money laundering and a FARA violation related to his lobbying work in Ukraine.
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