Rick Gates’ Lawyers Want To Quit, But Their Reasons Are Under Seal

on November 2, 2017 in Washington, DC.
WASHINGTON, DC - NOVEMBER 02: Richard Gates arrives at the Prettyman Federal Court Building for a hearing November 2, 2017 in Washington, DC. Gates and former business partner and former Trump campaign chairman Paul... WASHINGTON, DC - NOVEMBER 02: Richard Gates arrives at the Prettyman Federal Court Building for a hearing November 2, 2017 in Washington, DC. Gates and former business partner and former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort both pleaded not guilty Monday to a 12-charge indictment that included money laundering and conspiracy. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images) MORE LESS

Three attorneys representing former Trump campaign aide Rick Gates in charges brought by Special Counsel Robert Mueller are seeking to withdraw from representing him, in a motion filed Thursday.

However, it is unclear why they have sought to quit. Their motion says that their reasons to withdraw “immediately” are listed in an exhibit that they have sought to file under seal.

The three attorneys quitting Gates’ legal team are Shanlon Wu, Walter Mack and Annemarie McAvoy.

The move comes about a week after CNN reported that Gates had quietly hired on a new lawyer,  Tom Green, to his team. Green’s name has not been added to the case’s public record, but the CNN report suggested he may be part of an effort to negotiate with Mueller.

The CNN reporter who broke the news that Green had joined Gates’ team tweeted Thursday that attorneys from his firm spent the afternoon in Mueller’s office building.

Gates — along with his longtime business partner, ex-Trump campaign chair Paul Manafort — have been charged with money laundering, tax evasion and failure to disclose foreign lobbying as part of Mueller’ Russia probe. Both men have pleaded not guilty.

 

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