Lobbyist Linked to Manafort Pleads Guilty

An associate connected to a key figure in the case of former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort pleaded guilty Friday to acting as a foreign agent for Ukraine without registering, and could face up to five years in prison.

W. Samuel Patten, 47, pleaded guilty to acting as an agent of a foreign principal to the Ukrainian political party, Opposition Bloc, without registering under the Foreign Agents Registration Act (FARA). The charge is a felony that is punishable by up to five years in prison, and potential financial penalties.

Patten appeared for a hearing in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia Friday before Judge Amy Berman Jackson.

The charges were brought against Patten by U.S. Attorney for Washington D.C., Jessie K. Liu — not Special Counsel Robert Mueller. However, Mueller’s team referred the case and his deputy Andrew Weissmann was present in the courtroom Friday.

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