Ex-Trump Official Is Helping Mueller In ‘Several Investigations’: Report
Former Trump campaign official Rick Gates is still helping “several ongoing investigations” and isn’t ready to be sentenced, Special counsel Robert Mueller’s office said Friday.
“Gates continues to cooperate with respect to several ongoing investigations, and accordingly the parties do not believe it is appropriate to commence the sentencing process at this time,” the filing said, CNN reports. Mueller added that the situation had not changed since the previous update in January.
There was heavy speculation that Gates’ cooperation would wind down this week, given the conclusion of the federal cases against his longtime partner Paul Manafort. Gates was a star witness in that case and testified against Manafort, who was sentenced by two judges to serve a total of 7.5 years in prison for financial fraud.
Gates, who was a senior official on Trump’s inaugural committee, pleaded guilty in February 2018 to conspiracy relating to his lobbying work with Manafort in Ukraine. Since then, Mueller’s team has the judge to delay his sentencing five times while he helped the investigation.