Kostya and Me: How Sam Patten Got Ensnared in Mueller’s Probe

Kostya and Me: How Sam Patten Got Ensnared in Mueller’s Probe

When Judge Amy Berman Jackson emerged into the courtroom through a door cut seamlessly into the wooden veneer of the wall, she commanded my full attention.



I have served powerful women many times before in my life—senators, secretaries of state, opposition leaders—and knew how to bow before them. Today was a variation on the theme: I was here to plead guilty before Jackson to a federal felony.


I was so transfixed by her that I never stopped to think who was notably absent from the courtroom on that last day of August: my busi ..