During the question and answer section of a conference that focused on the foreign lobbying law he wanted to admit, Patten introduced himself and presented a hypothetical situation that presented his case to a panel, to which the assistant attorney John Demers was 19659002 "My name is Sam Patten and I believe I am the ninth FARA conviction in American history or at least in post-war history," said Patten, referring to the Foreign Agents Registration Act – the decade-old Law governing the influence of foreigners in the United States.
Patten pleaded guilty last year for helping to edit US media for a Ukrainian oligarch before an election, and arranging government meetings ̵
Demers did not respond to Patten's question and Robert Kelner, an electoral and policy lawyer for the panel, suggested that the law could have been applied in the hypothetical situation as well as in Patten's real drama.
"A threshold issue is whether there is an authority for a foreign government or a foreign political party." Kelner said. "You can engage in a US non-profit activity involving US elections or foreign elections, but this is not necessarily in the name of a foreign client, but if you have evidence of proxy, it's likely to be the statute trigger."
Kelner is one of the defenders of Michael Flynn, the former government official accused by Müller. After pleading guilty to investigators' lies, Trump's first national security adviser cooperated with investigators in a foreign lobbying case in which his former associate was charged with illegal work for Turkey in the United States.
Earlier at the conference, Demers called FARA an "elegant solution to a difficult problem" and said the Justice Department had focused on it after an Inspector General Report 2017 and the violations found in the Special Lawyer's Office.
"We were certainly driven by a report by a Inspector General detailing the shortcomings in the enforcement of the law, as well as what we have learned in connection with the 2016 elections and the influence of foreign influence saw a case in our democratic process, "said Demers.
Demers also explained the reasons for the DOJ's claim that certain media organizations, including the state-run state network RT, register as foreign agents under the law.
"We must have a piece of evidence when you say Act, Reporter, you are actually acting on the orders of your government, and you have no independent journalistic ethos that we think of when we look at a reporter," Demers said.
Not calling them foreign agents is misleading because you present yourself to the Americans as someone who is independent and thinks your own thoughts, but you do not, you get your thoughts from a foreign government, "he said.
Katelyn Polantz of CNN contributed to this report.