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Feb 23, 2018

Sum-Up: Mueller Finally Flips Rick Gates

Former Trump campaign and transition adviser Rick Gates is officially Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s latest cooperating witness. On Friday, he announced he’d had a “change of heart” about the prospects of a drawn-out court battle and pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy against the U.S. and another of making false statements to federal authorities. Contrary to speculation, that move did not prompt former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort to “alter his commitment” to defending his innocence, as Manafort said in a statement. Mueller filed a new set of charges against Manafort in Virginia this week and a superseding indictment against him in Washington, D.C. on Friday. Prosecutors allege that Manfort and Gates hid tens of millions of dollars made from lobbying work they did in Ukraine, failing to pay taxes and to disclose their work for a foreign government. We learned this week that, as part of this work, Manafort reportedly commissioned white-shoe law firm Skadden, Arps in 2012…

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