Following the surrender of the former Trump campaign manager, Paul Manafort, there is now a second Trump campaign insider announced to be expected to turn himself in to Robert Mueller on Monday.
Rick Gates, a business partner and former protege of Paul Manafort’s, will also be turning himself in. Gates was a partner of Manafort’s during his work in the Ukraine while the money was flowing from former government officials to Manafort in secret.
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According to The New York Times:
‘The charges against Mr. Manafort, President Trump’s former campaign chairman, and Mr. Gates, a business associate of Mr. Manafort, were not immediately clear but represent a significant escalation in a special counsel investigation that has cast a shadow over the president’s first year in office.
‘Mr. Gates is a longtime protégé and junior partner of Mr. Manafort. His name appears on documents linked to companies that Mr. Manafort’s firm set up in Cyprus to receive payments from politicians and businesspeople in Eastern Europe, records reviewed by The New York Times show.’
The charges against Manafort and Gates have not yet been released, but the investigation against Manafort has reportedly focused recently on “violations of federal tax law, money laundering and whether he appropriately disclosed his foreign lobbying.”
Gates told reporters on Thursday that he had not been contacted by the FBI and that he was innocent of any charges related to his work as an unregistered foreign agent.
‘Everything was done legally and with the approval of our lawyers. Nothing to my knowledge was ever done inappropriately.’
Special counsel Robert Mueller would appear to disagree. Paul Manafort and Rick Gates were both told to surrender. While some charges are expected to be related to financial records and alleged money laundering, Trump and his campaign officials will be deeply affected by the indictments.
According to Mother Jones:
‘As Manafort’s right-hand man, Gates helped him lobby on behalf of Putin-allied Ukrainian President Yanukovych and was involved in at least two multimillion-dollar deals with Russian oligarchs—one with Deripaska and another with Ukrainian natural-gas titan Dmitry Firtash. Like Manafort, Gates did not disclose his work as a foreign agent to the Justice Department last year, a possible violation of the law. Following the election he helped form a nonprofit promoting Trump’s agenda, but he departed after the Associated Press reported Manafort’s business dealings with Deripaska.’