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Mueller says former Trump campaign official still helping 'several ongoing investigations'

16 March 2019

"Gates continues to cooperate with respect to several ongoing investigations, and accordingly the parties do not believe it is appropriate to commence the sentencing process at this time", said the joint filing by Mueller and Gates' attorney.

While many are wondering just when Special Counsel Robert Mueller will finally be ready to wrap up his investigation, he has announced that former Trump campaign deputy chairman Gates is not ready to be sentenced. But he is also helping federal authorities in NY who are looking into Trump's inaugural committee as well as lobbying on behalf of foreign interests by prominent Washington insiders. If Gates wasn't needed anymore, the parties likely would have asked to set a sentencing date.

Gates pleaded guilty past year to conspiracy and false statement charges related to Ukrainian lobbying and political consulting he carried out with former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort.

Manafort, who pleaded guilty last year to conspiring to defraud the U.S. in a cooperation deal with the special counsel, was sentenced this week to six years and one month on the slammer - a week after he received a 47-month in a separate case.

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The joint filing by Mueller's office and Gates' attorneys comes amid signs the Russian Federation investigation is winding down.

Still, Mueller prosecutor Andrew Weissmann, who led the Manafort case, told a federal judge earlier this year that a meeting Gates attended with Manafort in August 2016 went to the "heart" of the Russian Federation investigation.

After pleading guilty to tax fraud and failing to register as a foreign agent, US District Court Judge Amy Berman Jackson ruled that Manafort also lied "intentionally" to the FBI, Mueller and the grand jury "concerning matters that were material to the investigation: his interactions and communications" with suspected Russian intelligence agent Konstantin Kilimnik, Bertrand noted. Whether it's Mueller or prosecutors in the Southern District of NY, or perhaps elsewhere, is not entirely clear.

Mueller says former Trump campaign official still helping 'several ongoing investigations'