In the latest development in the Russia Probe, special counsel Robert Mueller’soffice is finalizing a plea deal with former Trump campaign adviser Rick Gates, indicating Gates is poised to cooperate in the investigation, CNN reports, citing sources familiar with the case.
According to the news network:
“Gates’ cooperation could be another building block for Mueller in a possible case against President Donald Trump or key members of his team.
Once a plea deal is in place, Gates would become the third known cooperator in Mueller’s sprawling probe into Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election. It would also increase the pressure to cooperate on Gates’ co-defendant Paul Manafort, Trump’s former campaign chairman, who has pleaded not guilty to Mueller’s indictment and is preparing for a trial on alleged financial crimes unrelated to the campaign. Gates pleaded not guilty on October 30 alongside Manafort.”
This is bad news for Trump. As noted by CNN, each time another former Trump confidant flips on their former boss and starts cooperating with Mueller, the special counsel gets another “building block” in its growing case against the fraudulent president.
Despite the fog of distraction created by desperate Republicans and their vicious attacks on the FBI and Justice Department, Robert Mueller continues to run a thorough inquiry into Russia’s involvement in the 2016 election and whether Trump has obstructed justice.
According to NBC News, former chief White House strategist Steve Bannon also met with Mueller multiple times over the past week.
The news that another Trump adviser has decided to cooperate should worry the president. The more former Trump officials that flip, the worse this will turn out for him and his closest allies.
Democratic Congressman Ted Lieu pointed out the importance of the news on Twitter a short time ago:
If Rick Gates story is accurate, at least 3 witnesses have now flipped against the @realDonaldTrump campaign. Gates was the Deputy Campaign Manager for Trump & may have seen criminality. His plea also puts pressure on Manafort to plea because Gates would testify against Manafort. https://t.co/lfo5wwULdg
— Ted Lieu (@tedlieu) February 15, 2018