One thing is clear. The bipartisan Senate Intelligence Committee and the investigators who work for Robert Mueller still have work to do. Russia’s interference in the 2016 campaign is just the tip of the legal iceberg surrounding the Trump campaign, according to some recent reports. Russia and other foreign agents built a clandestine network in the United States. And that network conspired to infiltrate and allegedly control the government of the United States, according to recent comments by the Chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee, Senator Richard M Burr.
Senator Burr comments were a wake-up call for people who thought Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation was the only group looking into alleged collusion between Russia and the Trump campaign. According to Burr, his investigating team found evidence that Russian President Putin started a culvert war with the United States by allegedly infiltrating the U.S. government. But how Putin did that is a mystery that Burr isn’t willing to share with the public. Senator Burr said what his committee found goes deeper than the Trump Organizations contacts with Russian operatives. There is, according to Burr, a reason to worry about Russia’s quest to compromise U.S. power on the world stage.
What Burr and his committee find may never be public information. That fact came to the surface when GOP consultant, Sam Patten, pleaded guilty to being a foreign agent but he didn’t register as one. Patten’s attorneys and the U.S. district attorney in Washington D.C. were in court recently to file a status report on the Patten case. Patten pleaded guilty and is cooperating with the Mueller investigation because of his close association with Paul Manafort. The U.S. district attorney asked the court to keep his updated status report sealed. Mr. Mueller referred Patten case to the U.S. attorney’s office in D.C. for prosecution.
Mr. Patten won’t receive a hefty sentence for not registering as a foreign agent. But the request to keep his filing status sealed gave the press a bone to feed on as Mueller continues to turn over Russian and Trump rocks to find what really happened during the 2016 campaign.
Mr. Patten has a connection with Russian oligarch, Konstantin Kilimnik who has some sort of relationship with Russian intelligence. Patten admitted he got tickets to Trump’s Inauguration Party, and he gave them to a Ukrainian oligarch who wanted Trump to lift the sanctions against Russia. Patten’s relationship with Manafort and his efforts to help a Ukrainian political group with ties to Russia seems to be one a major focus in the Mueller investigation.