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A Note About Patten’s Meeting With Senate Intel

August 31, 2018 2:12 pm

We noted this morning that two reporters — The Atlantic’s Natasha Bertrand and The Daily Beast’s Lachlan Markay — had pieced together aspects of Sam Patten’s past in April of this year. Notably, both scored interviews with Patten himself.

We learned from today’s Statement of Offense that earlier in the year, Patten had met with the Senate Intelligence Committee. During that meeting, he lied to the committee about representing foreign principals in the U.S. in violation of the Foreign Agents Registration Act. He also kept the committee from seeing documents showing that he had used a straw purchaser to get his hands on inauguration tickets for a Ukrainian oligarch without running afoul of FARA.

Given his lack of candor with the Senate Intelligence Committee in January, we thought it was notable and a bit unexpected that he would take calls from reporters a few months later. He even assured Bertrand that his relationship with Konstantin Kilimnik, his business partner and Ukrainian political operative with ties to Russian intelligence, had “been thoroughly explored by relevant government entities.”

The Statement of Offense has more details:

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