CBS/AP September 13, 2018, 7:29 AM Senate votes to authorize Intel Committee to produce documents related to Paul Manafort
The Senate voted tonight to authorize the Senate Intelligence committee to release a transcript of the committee's interview with W. Samuel Patten. Patten, an associate of Manafort's, had pleaded guilty to one count of failing to register as a foreign agent.
The prosecution in the special counsel's case against Manafort in U.S. District Court in the District of Columbia requested a copy of the interview with Patten conducted by the Committee. Patten was charged with acting as an unregistered foreign agents for Ukranians.
Patten was a business associate of Konstantin Kilimnik, a man U.S. authorities said has ties to Russian intelligence. Kilimnik worked closely with Manafort, who was found guilty last month of eight financial counts. Kilimnik also is a co-defendant in a pending case against Manafort in Washington that accuses them both of witness tampering.
Court documents don't refer to Kilimnik by name, but said Patten worked with a Russian national on lobbying and political consulting services. Patten's company was involved in lobbying work in the United States and Ukraine, prosecutors said, adding that he failed to register as a foreign agent with the Justice Department as required by law.
Prosecutors said Patten formed a company with the Russian national and it received $1,000,000 for its work advising Ukraine's Opposition Bloc party, including a prominent Ukraine oligarch. Prosecutors said this violated the Foreign Agents Registration Act.
It's not yet clear when the Committee will make the documents available.
CBS News' John Nolen and Emily Tillett contributed to this report.