What you need to know about the indictments against Rick Gates

Paul Manafort's former right hand man became a key special counsel witness.

The Accused:

Gates joined the Trump campaign around the same time as Manafort, worked to wrangle delegates at the Republican National Convention and later worked to arrange President Trump’s inaugural ceremony.

The Formal Charges:

Gates was charged in two separate federal courts in connection to financial crimes, unregistered foreign lobbying and on allegations that he made false statements to federal prosecutors.

Gates pleaded guilty in Washington, D.C. in February 2018 on counts of conspiracy against the United States and lying to federal prosecutors.

As part of his plea agreement, he avoided a slew of financial charges in the Eastern District of Virginia that included assisting in the preparation of false income taxes, bank fraud, bank fraud conspiracy and false income taxes.

His charges are intimately tied to those of Manafort. In the Eastern District of Virginia the two were indicted jointly.

The Alleged Crime:

Like Manafort, many of Gates’ alleged crimes are related to financial misdealings and undeclared lobbying work.

Many of the charges link back to lobbying work that Gates assisted Manafort with on behalf of since-toppled Ukraininan President Viktor Yanukovych. Gates allegedly assisted in concealing many of Manafort’s crimes.

Gates pleaded guilty to lying to federal prosecutors about a laundry list of items related to the work he and Manafort were doing in Ukraine.

The Response:

Since pleading guilty last year, Gates has been fully cooperating with the special counsel’s investigation.

He appeared on the stand to testify against Manafort during Manafort’s trial in the Eastern District of Virginia in August 2018. According to recent filings from the special counsel, Gates’ cooperation is still ongoing.

He has not yet been sentenced for his crimes, and a sentencing date has not yet been set.

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