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Jan 4, 2019

This Week: New Developments In Mysterious Mueller-Linked Cases

The extended holiday break was relatively quiet on the Russia investigation front. But sporadic new court filings hinted at behind-the-scenes activities related to several mysterious cases linked to special counsel Robert Mueller. One involves W. Sam Patten, the D.C. lobbyist who in August pleaded guilty to acting as an unregistered foreign agent and helping a Ukrainian oligarch secure a ticket to President Trump’s inauguration. Prosecutors moved to keep a routine status update in Patten’s case entirely under seal — a notable development given that Patten’s plea agreement required him to cooperate with the D.C. U.S. attorney’s office, Mueller’s office, and other law enforcement agencies. The secrecy could indicate either that a problem has developed with Patten’s cooperation, or that the lobbyist ended up providing more valuable information than prosecutors anticipated. The other developments involve a secrecy-shrouded grand jury case linked to Mueller’s team. An unknown foreign corporation has resisted a subpoena in the matter and lost its efforts to quash it…

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