Rick Gates To Plead Guilty, Testify Against Manafort As Part Of Mueller Deal: Report

A former Trump campaign aide and longtime business partner of Paul Manafort, Rick Gates, will plead guilty to fraud-related charges in the coming days, and has indicated that he will testify against Manafort in upcoming proceedings, the LA Times reports.

"Rick Gates is going to change his plea to guilty,'' the LA Times quoted a person "with direct knowledge of the new developments", who added that the revised plea will be presented in federal court in Washington "within the next few days.''

The move follows weeks of speculation and a change in legal representation for Gates, who dropped lawyers Shanlon Wu, Walter Mack and Annemarie McAvoy for Sidley Austin senior counsel and personal acquaintance of Robert Mueller, Thomas C. Green. 

Mueller is prosecuting Gates and Manafort in conjunction with his wide-ranging investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election, and whether crimes have been committed by Trump or members of his campaign before, during or since the election. 

Manafort, who served as Trump's campaign manager for approximately two months, was fired within 48 hours of Trump's first classified intelligence briefing as a candidate - leading some to speculate that Trump found out about an active investigation against the lobbyist in relation to his activities in Ukraine with Gates and Tony Podesta - who stepped down from his now-defunct lobbying firm after Manafort's indictment.

Paul Manafort, Rick Gates (sans beard)

Last October Manafort pleaded not guilty to eight counts of money laundering and failing to register foreign lobbying and other business, while Gates - who faces 10 years in prison - pleaded guilty to nine counts in the same case.

According to a person familiar with Gates' new plea bargain, the longtime political consultant can expect "a substantial reduction in his sentence" if he fully cooperates with the investigation, thought to be around 18 months, however the agreement will not be specified in writing. 

Gates "understands that the government may move to reduce his sentence if he substantially cooperates – but it won't be spelled out.'' -LA Times

Gates, a 45-year-old married father of four, does not appear to be able to financially sustain a high-powered legal defense. "He can't afford to pay it,'' said one lawyer who is involved with the investigation. "If you go to trial on this, that's $1 million to $1.5 million. Maybe more, if you need experts'' to appear as witnesses.

The October 27 indictment reveals a mountain of evidence against Manafort and Gates - who were longtime business partners in political consulting for around a decade - engaging in a series of complicated and allegedly illegal transactions rooted in Ukraine. Both men operated as unregistered agents of the government of Ukraine, and hid millions of dollars of payments from U.S. authorities according to the indictment. 

Additional Charges?

As we previously reported, Paul Manafort was hit with a new bank fraud claim revealed in a court document unsealed on Friday related to the lobbyist's bail hearing. "[T]he proposed package is deficient in the government’s view, in light of additional criminal conduct that we have learned since the Court’s initial bail determination," reads the court filing. "That criminal conduct includes a series of bank frauds and bank fraud conspiracies."

"Conspiracies" indicates that more than one person - ostensibly Rick Gates, was involved in the "additional criminal conduct" Mueller's team has discovered. 

Manafort, Podesta and Ukraine

Manafort worked closely with Tony Podesta - co-founder of the Podesta Group lobbying firm with his brother and Clinton campaign manager, Tony Podesta. Mueller subpoenaed the Podesta Group last August along with four other public relations firms who worked with Manafort on a 2012-2014 lobbying effort for a pro-Ukraine think tank tied to former president Viktor Yanukovych. Yanukovych fled from Ukraine to Russia after he was unseated in a 2014 coup.

Manafort’s firm earned $17 million consulting for Yanukovych’s centrist, pro-Russia ‘Party of Regions.’ During the same period, Manafort oversaw a lobbying campaign for the pro-Russia “Centre for a Modern Ukraine,” (ECMU) a Brussels based think tank linked to Yanukovych which was pushing for Ukraine’s entry into the European Union.

The Podesta group, operating under Manafort, earned over $1.2 million as part of that effort.

While the Podesta group and Paul Manafort both failed to file paperwork related to the Pro-Russia Centre for a Modern Ukraine, retroactive disclosures filed by the Podesta group on August 17 reveal dozens of previously unreported communications with high level democrat officials related to the lobbying campaign – including Hillary Clinton’s State Department and the office of former Vice President Joe Biden.

Peddling Oligarchs

A former longtime executive of the now-defunct Podesta group who has been "extensively" interviewed by Robert Mueller's team revealed to Fox  that Manafort and the Podesta group had been working together since at least 2011 on behalf of Russian interests, and that Manafort was at the Podesta Group offices "all the time, at least once a month," peddling influence through the ECMU think-tank. Manafort allegedly brought a "parade of Russian oligarchs" to Congress for meetings with members and their staffs, however, Russia's "central effort" was to get to the Obama administration." 

The former PG exec also told Tucker Carlson (and presumably Mueller's team) that the Russians, believing that Hillary Clinton would win the 2016 election, considered the Podesta Group's connection to Hillary highly valuable. Moreover, Carlson's source said payments and kickbacks could be hard for investigators to trace, describing it as a “highly secret treasure trove.” One employee’s only official job was to manage Tony Podesta’s art collection, which could be used to conceal financial transactions.

It appears that while the 68-year-old Manafort is likely to spend the rest of his days behind bars, his business partner Rick Gates may end up serving 18 months after flipping his plea to guilty on the advice of his new, Mueller-pal attorney Tom Green. Meanwhile, nobody has heard a peep about Tony Podesta. We wonder if he's vanished to some undisclosed Japanese island.


uhland62 lester1 Sun, 02/18/2018 - 18:12 Permalink

Looks like it. Manafort, Podesta, Hillary, and that 'network' give the US a bad name.

Manafort could have never made money on supporting Marcos, Mobutu, and Ukraine without the support of 'the network'. They always get their people off. 'The network' is also intertwined with the MSM network (Murdoch's correspondents for instance) so they won't run the stories much and then they will brainwash people for their freedom so they can enjoy their ill gotten gains.


They only defended democracy!!!

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nmewn lester1 Sun, 02/18/2018 - 18:21 Permalink

The short answer is yes.

If it wasn't for Hillary hiring a foreign spy like Christopher Steele to produce fake evidence to fool a FISA judge and Comey stealing classified government documents while walking out the door as FBI Director, Mueller wouldn't even have his fucking job.

But thats just how the left rolls under their version of the rule of law.

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Jim in MN nmewn Sun, 02/18/2018 - 18:48 Permalink

I dunno, her destroying the reputations of Obama, Biden and Kerry might just get her undone in the end.

I figure Kerry for turning on the rest.  He has no reason to like any of them, is a past master at changing sides, and could just conceivably walk out of this a bona fide hero.  Just imagine the horrible, interminable oversight and planning meetings for these bastards to attack the foundations of the Republic. 

Just tell us what you know, John!  We'll recognize you!  Really!

We have to think outside the box, no?

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nmewn Jim in MN Sun, 02/18/2018 - 19:08 Permalink

It's a fine thought but I am of the opinion that...

...if the haughty and fluently French speaking John Kerry, holder of three purple hearts gained for wood splinters in his ass, as he directed his own personal cameraman where to stand and film the action...starts blabbing about what he knows to the FBI, there will be an untimely explosion on his yacht taking his life in a nearby state.

His yacht of course was moored in another state to avoid the high taxation of docking it in Massachusetts. 

The only upside to this is, he will finally deserve whatever medal they decide to pin on his corpse posthumously ;-)

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nmewn bigkahuna Sun, 02/18/2018 - 20:01 Permalink

Oh, I'm quite sure Hillary & Obama have already "speculated" on these possibilities too, so nothing new here on my part. 

As well as cutting off some of the rungs on the ladder below them, just in case...Abedin, Strzok, Page & Farkas...(for example) are more "liabilities" at this point than assets I would surmise and I think they know that too.

And so it goes, right? ;-)

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Aubiekong Sun, 02/18/2018 - 17:16 Permalink

Finding or creating dirt on people and then getting them to say what you want them to say by offering them a deal has nothing to do with finding out the truth...

ISEEIT Sun, 02/18/2018 - 17:21 Permalink

By design of the system itself, Mueller has what appears to be an upper hand.

Team trump still holds the best cards though..

Keep watching.

Zhaupka Sun, 02/18/2018 - 17:27 Permalink

Monty Python Life of Brian:
The Mueller Investigation is like the Monty Python Life of Brian scene where almost a legion of Roman Soldiers march into a very tiny apartment room looking for suspects. All march out again lockstep loudly. The Roman (Mueller) Investigator was not quite sure. And, another grand display of Rome’s Finest who Serve and Protect marching into the small apartment after which they exit finding only a wooden spoon.

Also, within the Monty Python Life of Brian is the Best example of Controlling A Media Channel showing a Jew Scrawling an obscenity on the walls of the Roman Empire using Improper Roman Language where the Roman Legion Citizen assists properly.

Many posters through their given regional PSYOPS are stating the following in different ways:

The Entire United States is Corrupt.
1. The Lawyer Amended Constitution, Bill of Rights, Declaration of Independence - the originals of which are all now in the dustbin of history - have successfully created these Criminal Enterprises:
the Corrupt House of Representatives,
the Corrupt U.S. Senate,
the Corrupt U.S. Judicial,
the Corrupt U.S. Military and its Corrupt 17 Intelligence Agencies,
the Corrupt U.S. Media (except for the 5 Independent newspapers that did support U.S. President Trump),
the Corrupt For Sale Ivy League "there is a tailored study FOR SALE PROVING [insert desire outcome here]. . . " Universities,
the Corrupt States, the Corrupt Counties, and the Corrupt Cities,
the Corrupt Republican Political Party, and
the Corrupt Democrat Political Party.

U.S. Political Government "Investigations" show the Perp Walk: Perjury after Perjured Testimony in U.S. Supreme Courts, U.S. House of Representatives, Senate Testimony. Fraud all. Only the most frightened horrified have cognitive dissonance belief remaining in U.S. Federal Government.

Overthrowing Governments is not done by those who work, commoners posting on internet websites, walking the streets with Pitchforks, Fire and Ropes, Protesting, carrying Placards, placing Posters, and Marching with Banners; those people in Life Long Debt Servitude (hovel&cart/house&car) usually come to gawk at the result.

Overthrowing Governments is done by extremely wealthy for differing reasons as in the Overthrowing the Government of Britain/ England / U.K. in the New World - the Free World - during the late 1700's Early 1800's with Thomas Jefferson.

Thomas Jefferson knew Representative Government eventually becomes corrupt; a New Lawyered Governed Tyranny is formed.

Lawyered Representative Government Corrupts; Absolute Lawyered Representative Governments Corrupts Absolutely.

When Citizens are indebted to, fearful of, dependent on, lied to, [INSERT YOURS HERE], with government guns pointed at U.S. Citizens, Surveillance by their "elected" Representatives for each AOR using U.S. Militarized Collusive State, County, and City First Responders Type Government Patrolling Enforcement, a New Type of Governed Tyranny is formed (see 1 afore).

All U.S. Citizens are given a Legal Right and a Legal Duty.

When Lawyered Representative Governments do not do the will of the people (hint: U.S.).
". . . it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government."
- Thomas Jefferson, Declaration of Independence, 2nd paragraph

Mzhen Sun, 02/18/2018 - 17:30 Permalink

Hillary-linked people in the Ukraine faked the ledger that supposedly implicated Manafort in something.  It was part of the effort to sully the Trump campaign before the election.  Manafort then resigned because of the timing and the bad optics.  But the allegations were eventually walked back, though that wasn't publicized.  But Mueller has to follow through on it to cover up the dirty tricks Hillary was up to.

This article is written like all is lost and Mueller is right and Manafort is toast.  He is still suing Mueller and has the right to discovery.  And unlike Gates he does have the money to fight, so I wouldn't count him out just yet.  All the while, Mueller is disintegrating.

lurker since 2012 Mzhen Sun, 02/18/2018 - 18:56 Permalink

Wasn't Manafort charged with a crime that nobody has been charged before, like two hundred years, maybe the Logan Act?

I am looking forward to the 'civil administrative case Manafort is bring up to the DOD. I like to see Rosenstein deposed because that will be day he Rosenstein is GOONNE. Either lying under oath OR admitting Obstruction of Justice (manufacturing evidence) conspiracy to spy on Americans (telecommunications laws)

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hooligan2009 Sun, 02/18/2018 - 18:00 Permalink

hmm... russian backed ex-UKrainian Government, Yanukovych’s, centrist, pro-Russia 'Party of Regions' wanted to join the EU. the Ukrainian government feel and Yanukovyvh "fled" to russia.

the campaign manager of the hillary clinton campaign and long time arch-bishop of the DNC, John Podesta's brother (and John Podesta?) were cosnulting to Yanukovych, sucked tens of millions of dollars from the Ukraine via wire fraud (and embesslement?).

manafort and the podesta group worked hand in hand to enjoy the fruits of the wire fraud.

so.. are John or Tony Podesta plus all other state department employees - including hillarry clinton - going to be indicted or wil they simply be called as witnesses - since we all know state department officials simply dodge bullets on foreign runways using US government transport jets.

nmewn NickPeeMe Sun, 02/18/2018 - 18:44 Permalink

We'll see which country Christopher Steele seeks asylum in long before Mueller even has a wet dream about indicting Trump.

The referral to prosecute Steele has already been sent up you stupid fucking bozo.

Now ask yourself, would you rather be in Bruce Ohr's, Peter Strzok's, Rob Rosensteins or Trumps shoes when Steele flips? ;-)

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Heroic Couplet Sun, 02/18/2018 - 19:04 Permalink

Good. Robert Mueller has far more stature and respect than Trump. Trump makes an idiot out of himself daily, which is why Mueller has released info about Trump whores. 

nmewn Heroic Couplet Sun, 02/18/2018 - 19:28 Permalink

From me...

“The blue slip process is a longstanding tradition—not a law—designed to ensure meaningful consultation between a presidential administration and senators over potential federal judges. Under the system, senators from the judicial nominees’ home states are asked to sign slips of approval before the confirmation process can continue. When a senator refuses to return a blue slip, the act typically blocks the nominee from moving ahead. It is one of the few levers available to both parties to block objectionable nominees.”


...to you.

You can object all you want but all these judicial appointments is just like an avalanche, pouring down the mountain...on you.

And there is NOTHING you can do about it.

(SIGH!) ;-)

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