Manafort associate charged with illegal lobbying:

Manafort associate charged with illegal lobbying:

A former associate of Paul Manafort, Sam Patten, on Friday was charged with failing to register as a foreign agent in the United States.

The charges are related to Patten’s work lobbying on behalf of a political party in Ukraine. Patten is accused of violating the Foreign Agents Registration Act, a U.S. law that governs foreign lobbying.

Patten is scheduled to appear in federal court in D.C. later Friday morning. The charges against him are laid out in a criminal information, which typically comes before a subject pleads guilty.

The news comes as Manafort, President Trump’s former campaign chairman, readies for a second federal trial in D.C. stemming from special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election.

Manafort, who was convicted on eight counts of bank and tax fraud earlier this month, faces charges including conspiracy to launder money and failing to register as a foreign agent.

Patten is a Washington-based political operative who reportedly once worked for Cambridge Analytica, the data analytics firm that worked for the Trump campaign during the 2016 race and that was embroiled in a scandal earlier this year when it was revealed it had obtained data on millions of Facebook users without their consent.

BY MORGAN CHALFANT – 

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