WASHINGTON: A Republican consultant linked to President Donald Trump’s former campaign chairman Paul Manafort admitted Friday he illegally funneled money from a Ukraine tycoon to Trump’s inauguration, reports AFP.
Sam Patten, who worked with Manafort to advise and lobby for Ukraine’s pro-Russia Opposition Bloc, was the newest person to be charged out of special prosecutor Robert Mueller’s sprawling Russia collusion investigation.In a deal with prosecutors Patten, 47, agreed to plead guilty to one charge of failing to register as a foreign agent, a relatively light charge that was conditioned on his cooperation with Mueller and other investigations.
A court filing said he earned more than $1 million between 2015 and 2017 representing the interests of the Opposition Bloc, which Manafort also previously consulted for.
The work was performed by Patten’s joint company with a Russian national who is unnamed in the court filing but appears to be Konstantin Kilimnik, a former linguist of Moscow’s powerful GRU spy agency. US officials say Kilimnik continues to maintain close ties to Russian intelligence.