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Mueller news: Rick Gates, former Trump campaign aide, still cooperating

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One of special counsel Robert Mueller’s top cooperators isn’t done cooperating with the government.

Rick Gates, the longtime right-hand-man to Paul Manafort who had high-level roles on the Trump campaign and inauguration, is not yet ready for sentencing, Mueller’s team said Friday — because Gates “continues to cooperate with respect to several ongoing investigations.”

Gates struck a plea deal with Mueller’s team in February 2018 and testified against Manafort at his trial in August 2018.

What’s left tantalizingly unclear, as ever, is what’s going on with Mueller’s own investigation. For weeks, it’s been rumored in Washington that the special counsel is close to wrapping up — but no Mueller report has yet materialized.

However, Gates’s continued cooperation doesn’t necessarily tell us anything about the state of the special counsel probe because he isn’t only cooperating with Mueller.

There are at least two known investigations, beyond Mueller’s own, that Gates is believed to be cooperating with: an investigation into the Trump inauguration’s money and an investigation into lobbyists’ and lawyers’ unregistered work for Ukraine.

Since both of those investigations appear to remain active, it makes perfect sense that Gates isn’t yet ready for sentencing. Gates could also be providing assistance to other investigations we don’t know about.

Who is Rick Gates?

Basically, Gates is Paul Manafort’s protégé and right-hand man, who was at his side during his past decade of lobbying and foreign work before going with him to join the Trump campaign.

Gates is two decades younger than Manafort and joined his firm in 2006, eventually managing much of its Eastern Europe portfolio and often working out of Kiev. Gates was deeply involved in Manafort’s work for Viktor Yanukovych, then Ukraine’s president, and with the web of offshore accounts Manafort used for money laundering.

So when Trump brought on Manafort to his presidential campaign in March 2016, Gates came along, too. Gates is not known to have ever had much of a personal relationship with Trump, but he was Manafort’s top deputy during the months Manafort was running the show. Even after his boss’s ouster in August 2016, Gates stuck around, staying with the campaign through the general election.

After Trump won, Gates got another plum job. Billionaire real estate investor Tom Barrack, in charge of planning Trump’s inaugural, turned to Gates as his chief deputy. (Barrack had known Manafort since the 1970s and helped convince Trump to bring him on to the campaign.)

According to a November 2016 report by Michael Isikoff of Yahoo News, Gates became instrumental in the inauguration’s fundraising and planning. Isikoff quoted a source calling Gates the “shadow” chair of the inauguration and Barrack’s “chief deputy.” Then, in 2017, Barrack gave Gates a job at his investment firm Colony Capital.

Things took a turn for Gates in late October 2017, when special counsel Robert Mueller indicted both him and Manafort. The charges were financial and undisclosed lobbying crimes related to the pair’s past Ukraine work, and the then-45-year-old Gates was facing the prospect of a decade or more in jail. An additional indictment for tax and bank fraud charges in February 2018 further turned up the heat.

So Gates flipped. On February 23, 2018, he pleaded guilty to a reduced set of charges and committed to cooperate with the government.

What are the investigations Rick Gates been cooperating with?

Gates’s most visible cooperation involved providing evidence against Manafort and testifying against his old boss at his trial (in which Gates admitted to embezzling and to an extramarital affair). Gates also provided Mueller information about his boss’s contacts with Konstantin Kilimnik, an associate who the US government claims is tied to Russian intelligence — a topic Mueller’s team has said goes to the “heart” of their investigation.

The full extent of information Gates has provided to Mueller about the Trump campaign’s ties to Russia is unclear. It’s not known whether Gates mainly provided information about Manafort on this front, or whether he also had important information about others in the campaign.

But Gates hasn’t only been cooperating with Mueller, the special counsel has made clear in court filings over the past few months. “Defendant Gates continues to cooperate with respect to several ongoing investigations,” Mueller wrote last November (and again on Friday). What might those be?

For one, there’s been a spinoff from the Manafort case, related to whether other lobbyists and lawyers who worked with Manafort and Gates regarding Ukraine should have registered as foreign agents. Democratic lobbyist Tony Podesta, Republican lobbyist Vin Weber, and former White House counsel Greg Craig have all come under scrutiny. According to CNN, Mueller referred these matters to the US Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York (SDNY).

Secondly, it’s become clear in recent months that the Trump inauguration is under investigation too for various possible crimes related to its donors and its spending. Gates’s high-level role in planning the inauguration planning committee makes him a potentially valuable cooperator there as well, though his specific role in that probe is unclear.

The big picture is that it looks like Gates has been Mueller’s star cooperator so far. Unlike Michael Cohen, he agreed to open-ended cooperation. Unlike Michael Flynn, the government clearly wants more from him. Unlike Paul Manafort, his cooperation didn’t collapse amid accusations of lying. Unlike George Papadopoulos, he didn’t talk to the media and spur the special counsel to cut off contact with him. And even if Mueller is close to wrapping up, Gates’s cooperation clearly isn’t done.


For more on the Mueller probe, follow Andrew Prokop on Twitter and check out Vox’s guide to the Trump-Russia investigation.

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Cool husbands and boyfriends always try to make their other half feel special and the characters of our compilation are just more proof of this fact. From handmade gifts to expressing their purest manners, the men from this article are definitely doing things right.

Bright Side appreciates a sincere expression of emotions and invites you to dive into the world of love and care. Don’t miss our bonus at the end of our article — it will show you that a real prince can be extremely adorable.

21. “I replaced my wife’s bathroom scale so that she knows she is always beautiful for me.”

20. “Message from the gardener… who is also my husband.”

19. I made my girlfriend a sloth ice cream cake for her birthday because she loves ice cream and sloths.”

18. “My boyfriend of 8 years flew out to surprise me with a proposal in my favorite place.”

17. “My boyfriend left me the last piece of bacon.”

16. “I put my life on the line so my girl can have the perfect photo.”

15. “I made a bench for my wife out of wood I found in the back yard.”

14. “I’m a rock climber, so my boyfriend had these clay magnets made that look like him and me.”

13. “My boyfriend got in trouble yesterday. He sent flours to my office today to apologize.”

12. “My boyfriend surprised me with a fancy schmancy dinner.”

11. “Made an enchanted rose for my wife…”

10. “My boyfriend keeps figuring out what outfit I’m wearing out with him and matching it…”

9. “Came home from work today to this cake waiting for me!”

8. Another fancy dinner from another boyfriend

7. “My boyfriend puts cuticle conditioner on my toenails when I am too tired.”

6. “My boyfriend knew my old plant stand had broken and that I had nowhere to put my plants, so he made me one!”

5.“My boyfriend is always ready to help me with my craziest ideas.”

4. “My boyfriend tried to be cute and replaced a pizza slice with a cupcake.”

3. “I don’t have much money, so I made my girlfriend a bouquet of paper lilies as a welcome home gift. Think she’ll like them?”

2. “My boyfriend saved a piece of a rose from the first bouquet of flowers he ever brought to me and made a necklace for me for my birthday. ”

1. “I didn’t have time to go into town, so I drew a circle on my boyfriend’s hand so he could buy me the correct size hoop earrings.”

Bonus: And here’s a real prince (without a horse though) helping his princess with her hair.

Which of these deeds impressed you the most? We would be glad to hear from you in the comments!

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All our lives we’ve been taught that cats and dogs are enemies and that they can’t stand each other. Even the cartoons showed us this! But it’s not always the case. A lot of cats and dogs have special friendships and bonds and when that happens, it’s the most adorable thing ever!

Bright Side fully encourages peace between dogs and cats and that’s exactly why we’re excited to share with you 24 photos of our furry friends showing love for each other!

24. Watching the sunset in a cozy blanket with your friend

23. Couples posing for wedding photos

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20. This dog takes care of this one-eyed cat.

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14. When your child wants to play with you:

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9. Both think the other is sleeping.

8. When you haven’t seen your significant other all day:

7. “Drive safe, honey.”

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