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Saakashvili, Ivanishvili Lobbyist Pleads Guilty in Trump-Related Case

by | September 2, 2018

An American lobbyist who worked in Georgia for Mikheil Saakashvili, Irakli Alasania and Bidzina Ivanishvili pleaded guilty on Friday in a case related to investigations of US president Donald Trump. Sam Patten admitted he used an unnamed American to pay $US50,000 for four tickets to one of the parties at Trump’s inauguration in 2017. The tickets were for Ukraine Serhiy Lovochkin, a Ukrainian businessman who was a close advisor to pro-Russian former Ukraine president Viktor Yanukovych. Patten pleaded guilty to not registering as a foreign agent. He also admitted he withheld documents from the US Senate Intelligence Committee that could have shown that foreign money was used to purchase the tickets, a violation of US law. Left to right: Saakashvili, Alasania, Ivanishvili Photo source: scmp.com Patten could be sentenced to five years in prison, but he has agreed to cooperate with prosecutors looking at all ties between Trump and foreign governments. Patten once described himself as a “shadow manager” to Saakashvili. According to a 2008 Wikileaks cable, Patten met with US ambassador John Tefft as a representative of the US polling company Greenberg Associates, which had been hired by the ...

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