Another Guilty Plea in the Mueller “Witch Hunt”

Mueller has now indicted or secured guilty pleas from 32 people and three Russian companies.

Vox’s tally: “four former Trump advisers, 26 Russian nationals, three Russian companies, one California man, and one London-based lawyer. Five of these people (including three former Trump aides) have already pleaded guilty.”

 Robert Mueller’s 29-page indictment indicated there has been:

  •  A Russian military intelligence agency leased server space in Arizona and a computer in Illinois?
  •  The Russian military used bitcoin to buy servers, register domains and pay for other election-hacking activity?
  •  The Russian military used screenshots and keystroke-capture to monitor dozens of DCCC and DNC employees as they typed?
  •  The Russian military tried to trick more than 30 Hillary Clinton campaign employees into clicking on a document titled “hillary-clinton-favorable-rating.xlsx” (that actually went to a Russian website)?
  •  The Russian military extracted opposition research on Republican candidates in bulk from the DNC, as part of a multi-gigabyte haul?
  •  A lieutenant captain in the Russian military named Nikolay Yuryevich Kozachek (Козачек Николай Юрьевич) disguised himself online as “blablabla1234565″?

And none of that is even the most alarming, damning news in the filing in U.S. District Court in D.C. Mueller, who personally signed the document, saved that for page 25:

  • Two of the officers conspired “to hack into the computers of U.S. persons and entities responsible for the administration of 2016 U.S. elections, such as state boards of elections, secretaries of state, and U.S. companies that supplied software and other technology related to the administration of U.S. elections.”
  • And they actually pulled it off: “In or around July 2016, [Russian military officer Anatoliy Sergeyevich Kovalev] and his co-conspirators hacked the website of [an unnamed] state board of elections … and stole information related to approximately 500,000 voters, including names, addresses, partial social security numbers, dates of birth, and driver’s license numbers.”

All of the documents are on one page on Mueller’s official Justice Department websso it would be hard for anybody, with any amount of intellectual curiosity, to think that this was simply a “witch hunt” or “fake news”.

What Mueller knows includes:

  • He has keystroke-by-keystroke reconstructions of online activities by the Russian “Conspirators,” as the indictment calls them — down to their web searches.
  • He’s going broader, deeper, wider than people realize — following the money, following the keystrokes, following the concentric circles of characters.
  • His indictments and plea agreements are providing a serial narrative of what Sen. John McCain has called an “act of war” perpetrated during one of the closest elections in American history.

Known about Russia:

  • Yesterday’s indictment was so significant because its scope went far beyond propaganda efforts and into a physical attack on America’s state-by-state machinery of democracy.
  • This wasn’t an attempt — the Russians actually succeeded in some of their incursions.
  • The attack was more sophisticated and involved vastly more resources than most U.S. politicians realized.

Washington lobbyist W. Samuel Patten  is the latest defendant to plead guilty to acting as an unregistered foreign lobbyist, and admitted to lying to the Senate Intelligence Committee and funneling a Ukrainian oligarch’s money to Donald Trump’s Presidential Inaugural Committee.

Patten’s plea and cooperation agreement is connected to special counsel Robert Mueller’s ongoing investigation into Russian interference in the election and coordination with the Trump campaign — even apparently reaching into former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort’s inner circle in Ukraine.
This is the first time the Justice Department has publicly charged a person for helping a foreigner secretly funnel money into a Trump political event. Under his deal with prosecutors, Patten is charged only with one criminal count. He faces a maximum of five years in prison and a $250,000 fine for the felony charge. A sentencing date has not been set.
Patten sought tickets to Trump’s inauguration on behalf of an unnamed prominent Ukrainian oligarch, according to court documents released Friday, ultimately paying $50,000 for four tickets. Patten used another American as a “straw purchaser,” funneling the Ukrainian’s money secretly to the inaugural committee through a Cypriot bank account.
“Patten was aware at the time that the Presidential Inauguration Committee could not accept money from foreign nationals,” prosecutors wrote in the filing.
Rudy Giuliani, said:
“It turned about to be this irrelevant indictment, where I think Mueller has turned out to be a private prosecutor,” Giuliani said. “What does this have to do with President Trump? Not a single thing. It has nothing to do with collusion, some guy who donated to the inauguration? My goodness,they had 500,000 people donate to the inauguration — every time they get a speeding ticket is Mueller going to do it?”
CNN previously reported that Russian oligarchs have also been questioned about donations to the Trump campaign and inauguration.

Guilty for Lobbying

Overall, Patten was paid more than $1 million for his Ukrainian opposition bloc work including meeting with members of the executive branch, Senate Foreign Relations Committee members and members of Congress. He also worked with an unnamed Russian — believed to be former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort’s close associate Konstantin Kilimnik — to place op-ed articles in US media in 2017, the Justice Department says.

DC judge and Manafort team already clashing in court

Kilimnik, a Russian national with ties to the Russian military intelligence group accused of interfering in the presidential election, has close professional ties to both Patten and Manafort as they worked for the same Ukrainian political interests.
Kilimnik was among the alleged co-conspirators that helped Manafort hide his Ukrainian consulting income in foreign bank accounts, according to documents revealed at Manafort’s trial for financial crimes earlier this month. Mueller’s prosecutors charged Kilimnik and Manafort in June in a separate federal court with witness tampering, after Kilimnik reached out to potential witnesses in Manafort foreign lobbying case. Kilimnik has not entered a plea in his case, because he is living in Moscow, prosecutors say. Manafort has pleaded not guilty to the foreign lobbying charges, and those criminal allegations do not reach past 2015.
Kilimnik co-ran a company with Patten, called Begemot Ventures International, according to business records. According to the court filing in the Patten case Friday, Patten and Foreigner A “formed a company in the United States and were 50-50 partners. Beginning in or around 2015, Company A, among other things, advised the Opposition Bloc and members of that part.”
As part of his plea, Patten agreed to cooperate with both Mueller’s office and prosecutors from the DC US Attorney’s Office going forward, including turning over documents and testifying at future grand jury hearings or criminal trials.

Lying to Congress

Patten admitted to lying to the US Senate Intelligence Committee in January this year about the inauguration tickets. While testifying, he attempted to hide his connections to the Ukrainian oligarch and the Russian national with whom he worked, prosecutors said.
Patten “intentionally did not provide” the committee documents related to the Ukrainian oligarch’s purchase of four Trump inaugural tickets and lied to the Senate Committee about his foreign lobbying work. He also deleted documents “pertinent to his relationships” with the foreign political interests, according to the Justice Department prosecutors.
Senate intelligence Chairman Richard Burr and Vice Chairman Mark Warner said they referred Patten to the Justice Department.
“We can confirm that Mr. Patten produced documents to the Committee and was interviewed by Committee staff,” the senators said in a statement. “Due to concerns about certain statements made by Mr. Patten, the Committee made a criminal referral to the Department of Justice. While the charge, and resultant plea, do not appear to directly involve our referral, we appreciate their review of this matter.”

He added no new details when describing Patten’s criminal offense, though he added the words more than once that Patten “was working as a foreign agent of the Opposition Bloc.”

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A Washington consultant, who was a business associate of Paul Manafort, pleaded guilty Friday to failing to register as a lobbyist working on behalf of a Ukraine political party and agreed to cooperate with authorities, according to federal court records.

W. Samuel Patten, 47, was charged with one count of violating the Foreign Agents Registration Act for failing to register with the Justice Department, according to the four-page charging document from Assistant U.S. Attorney Michael DiLorenzo.

Patten was a business associate of Konstantin Kilimnik, who has ties to Russian intelligence. Kilimnik worked closely with Manafort and is a co-defendant in the pending case that accuses them both of witness tampering.

Patten pleaded guilty before U.S. District Court Judge Amy Berman Jackson, who will also be hearing a case against Manafort starting Sept. 24 involving charges of money laundering and failing to file as a foreign agent.

Manafort, President Donald Trump’s former campaign chairman, was convicted Aug. 21 of eight counts of tax and bank fraud in a separate trial in Virginia.

4 thoughts on “Another Guilty Plea in the Mueller “Witch Hunt”

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  1. Somewhere in all of this we will see the end of Trump. So many illegal and treasonous ties to him – the end cannot come soon enough. He is becoming so unhinged and dangerous.


  2. Trump does show mental illness and the willingness to cause harm. Between him and his deranged supporters along with dictators in other countries? Not good. He many threats of violence if he is impeached, loses, etc? He should be in prison right now.


  3. Mueller hopefully will get a guilty plea from the Vatican for all the christian abuses over the last 2100 years, which is basically everything. The religion itself only came into existence because of ignorance and politics.


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