When Patten pleaded guilty past year, his case revealed that he had arranged a scheme to evade the federal ban on foreign donations to inaugural committees on behalf of a Ukrainian politician.
W. Samuel Patten, 47, and prosecutors had asked for leniency, citing his cooperation in special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation and other ongoing probes. On the next day, that purchaser paid the Presidential Inauguration Committee that amount, passing the tickets back to Patten for the foreign nationals.
On Thursday, Greg Craig, the former White House counsel during the Obama administration, was also charged with violating foreign lobbying laws related to his work in Ukraine. Patten pleaded guilty to lobbying US lawmakers on behalf of Ukraine's pro-Russia Opposition Bloc political party without informing the Justice Department. He also admitted to orchestrating a $50,000 straw-donor scheme to purchase tickets from the inaugural committee on behalf of a wealthy Ukrainian client.
USA law bars such committees from accepting foreign donations and Patten admitted that he knew that when he violated the law.
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It's the most lenient sentence yet for any case related to Mueller's Russian Federation investigation.
Jackson emphasized, just as she did during Manafort's sentencing, that the objective of FARA was to prevent anyone from "undermin [ing] our political discourse".
In addition to the 36 months of probation, the Republican political consultant was sentenced to 500 hours of community service and a $5,000 fine.
In court documents filed earlier this week, prosecutors sought a "downward departure" in Patten's sentencing due to the extensive "cooperation and substantial assistance he has provided to the government".
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Patten was prepared to testify against Manafort, if Manafort had not admitted through a guilty plea his foreign lobbying and money laundering violations, prosecutors said.
Patten was a business partner of Konstatin Kilimnik, a Russian-Ukrainian citizen and a Manafort aide who USA authorities say has ties to Russian intelligence services. In his sentencing memo, Patten's lawyers write, "at no point did Mr. Patten know, believe, or suspect that Kilimnik was connected in any way to Russian intelligence".
Samuel Patten (L), a former associate of Paul Manafort, arrives at U.S. District Court for his sentencing hearing April 12, 2019 in Washington, DC.
Although his case was originally investigated by the special counsel's office, it was ultimately referred and prosecuted by the U.S. Attorney's office in D.C. However, special counsel prosecutor Andrew Weissmann made an appearance today in the courtroom, watching the sentencing along with the public.
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