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Manafort Ally to Cooperate With U.S. After Guilty Plea

  • Charge filed after referral from U.S. Special Counsel Mueller
  • Sam Patten admits to undisclosed lobbying on behalf of Ukraine
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Bloomberg’s Greg Farrell reports on Manafort associate Patten’s agreement to cooperate.(Source: Bloomberg)
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A former associate of Paul Manafort pleaded guilty to a lobbying crime and agreed to cooperate with the U.S., giving prosecutors access to insights from a longtime international political operative whose Russian business partner has already been indicted in Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s probe.

The lobbyist, Sam Patten, 47, admitted that he failed to register in the U.S. as a foreign agent for his work lobbying on behalf of a Ukrainian political party. The nature of his cooperation isn’t clear. Patten worked with Manafort and on Ukrainian campaigns, and reportedly worked on microtargeting operations with Cambridge Analytica.