The scrutiny of Craig stems from an investigation of former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort and his work on behalf of a pro-Russian political party in Ukraine.
Sam Patten, 47, and prosecutors had asked for leniency, citing his co-operation in special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation and other ongoing probes.
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In a videotaped statement uploaded to YouTube on Thursday, Craig asserted that the report was "independent", and denied helping Ukraine spin the information it contained.
Federal prosecutors in Washington, who started investigating Mr. Patten after receiving a referral from Mr. Mueller, said in a court filing on Monday that Mr. Patten met or spoke with government investigators on the phone nine times.
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The Justice Department is reportedly cracking down on violations of the Foreign Agents Registration Act, a decades-old law meant to allow Americans to know when foreign entities are trying to influence public opinion or policymakers. There will be a hearing before Judge Amy Berman Jackson on Monday, April 15, at 10 a.m. ET.
Patten was alleged by prosecutors to have aided two foreign individuals, one from Russian Federation and one from Ukraine, in procuring two tickets each to President Donald Trump's inauguration in 2017.
As part of Patten's plea deal accepted by prosecutors, he will face no time in prison. Manafort is now facing several years in prison for obstructing justice and committing tax and bank fraud connected to his own undisclosed foreign lobbying. He will be subjected to 36 months probation, a fine of $5,000, and required to complete 500 hours of community service. In court papers, Patten's attorney, Stuart Sears, said his client wasn't part of a larger scheme to funnel foreign money to the inaugural committee and isn't a Trump supporter. The two men shared an associate, Konstantin Kilimnik, who was Patten's business partner and a Manafort co-defendant.
Alex van der Zwaan, another former Skadden lawyer, pleaded guilty past year to lying to investigators about the report. In Mr. Patten's guilty plea he also admitted to arranging for a USA citizen to act as a straw purchaser to pay US$50,000 for four tickets to the inauguration of Republican President Donald Trump on behalf of a Ukrainian oligarch, who reimbursed Mr. Patten through a Cypriot account.