Mueller Just Dropped a New Bombshell, And Trump Has Reasons To Be Concerned
In the strongest sign yet that Rick Gates has given Robert Mueller significant information related to his probe of Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election, the office of the special counsel has now proposed dropping charges against the former Trump campaign aide.
The special counsel’s office has officially proposed dropping 17 separate charges against Gates from a superseding indictment that it issued last week. Politico reporter Kyle Cheney broke the news in a tweet on Tuesday.
In his filing to dismiss the charges, Mueller writes “the government is moving to dismiss pursuant to a plea agreement,” although he doesn’t spell out any details of what his office is getting in exchange from Gates.
Gates, who served as Trump’s deputy campaign chairman during the 2016 presidential election, agreed to plead guilty to conspiracy against the United States and lying to federal investigators last week.
His guilty plea came shortly after the special counsel’s office issued a new 32-count indictment against Gates and Paul Manafort, the former Trump campaign manager who faces charges related to money laundering and tax fraud.
Mueller's team has officially proposed dismissing charges against RICK GATES, following last week's guilty plea. pic.twitter.com/AM69yxGtsm
— Kyle Cheney (@kyledcheney) February 27, 2018
This is a developing story and it will be updated.