Reports: Rick Gates Will Plead Guilty and Cooperate

JM Ashby
Written by JM Ashby

If the slow drip of indictments against former Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort and his deputy manager Rick Gates were intended to persuade them to flip, it may have worked.

Various news outlets reported this morning that Gates has informed his family that he intends to cooperate with special prosecutor Robert Mueller.

From ABC News:

President Donald Trump’s one-time campaign aide Richard Gates has told family and close friends in a letter sent this morning he plans to plead guilty Friday in the special counsel’s criminal case against him, setting up the potential for Gates to become the latest well-informed Trump insider to assist in the investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential contest, according to sources close to the matter. [...]

Gates has for weeks been vacillating between fighting the charges and pleading guilty, and remained undecided through much of this week, according to the sources.

The 32-count indictment unsealed last night made it clear that Mueller's office knows everything about their activities and it appears that was enough to push Gates over the edge.

With all of that said, we don't know what Gates knows. It's possible he's simply flipping against his former boss Paul Manafort, or he might know things about other people close to Trump.

As of today, there's been no sign that Manafort intends to cooperate. It's possible he never will. It's possible his refusal to cooperate may be the only thing saving him from polonium.

  • muselet

    *George Takei voice* Oh, my:

    “Notwithstanding that Rick Gates pled today, I continue to maintain my innocence,” Manafort said in a statement via his spokesman, Jason Maloni.

    Manafort said he “hoped and expected” that Gates “would have had the strength to continue the battle to prove our innocence.”

    “For reasons yet to surface he chose to do otherwise,” Manafort said. “This does not alter my commitment to defend myself against the untrue piled up charges contained in the indictments against me.”

    The smart play would be for Paul Manafort to roll on everyone above him in the Trump campaign, but he continues to whistle past the graveyard. That implies (a) he’s as dumb as a box of hair; (b) he’s paying his lawyer far too much for bad advice; or (c) he’s a hell of a lot less scared of Robert Mueller than he is of someone else.

    Whether or not that someone else speaks with a Russian accent is, of course, mere speculation.


    • ninjaf

      Myself, I think he has been promised a pardon by Trump.

      • muselet

        If so, I hope Paul Manafort got it in writing. Otherwise, he’s screwed.


        • ninjaf

          Oh, you know Trump’s word is as good as 2 month old unopened expired milk in the fridge: you won’t really know until you open it.

  • katanahamon

    You know, absolutely know that Rump has the dirtiest hands of all. He’s cheated and failed and bribed and bankrupted and yet somehow claims he’s a billionaire? I don’t think so. I keep thinking or rather wishing I would wake up from this nightmare where we have a nefarious imbecile as president, one who tweets the dumbest, vilest garbage imaginable, destroying any semblance of decorum, intelligence, savvy knowledge, or even the image of basic competence that a president should have.

  • Draxiar

    “Teacher says, every time a bell rings another Mueller indictment gets it’s wings.”

  • Username1016

    I don’t think those guys ever expected to be called to account over their nefarious doings. They’ve been getting away with it for DECADES, surfing along on their giant piles of money, jet-setting around with all the oligarchs and shady heads of state — livin’ large! Sucks to be them, with Mueller giving them the stone face and two unpalatable options. I think it has finally occurred to them that it’s All Over. For keeps. Let alone the possibility of significant prison time.

    Speaking of which, I wonder if Mrs. Gates had a clue? Maybe she was in denial. Like Carmela Soprano.

    • Aynwrong
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