[Ed. – Another obscure case (and probably a dead end for anything legitimately related to the original “Russia” charter). The last paragraph below is presumably the key.]
The case involves Sam Patten, a GOP consultant and one-time associate of Paul Manafort who pleaded guilty to failing to register as a foreign agent while performing lobbying work on behalf of a political party in Ukraine last August.
The U.S. attorney’s office in Washington, D.C. and Patten’s defense attorneys were due to file a status report in his case on Monday — filings that sometimes contain details about the extent of a defendant’s cooperation with the government.
However, federal prosecutors asked Judge Amy Berman Jackson, who is overseeing Patten’s case, to file the status report under seal. Jackson granted the request. …
Last August, Patten also admitted to using an American citizen as a “straw purchaser” to obtain tickets to Trump’s inauguration for a “prominent” Ukrainian oligarch, though he was not charged with anything in connection with the admission.