Federal prosecutors file under seal in case linked to Manafort, Mueller probe

Federal prosecutors file under seal in case linked to Manafort, Mueller probe
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[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. …

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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.

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