Ex-Trump Aide Rick Gates To Officially Plead Guilty

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Former Trump aide Rick Gates III to officially pleaded guilty.

Former Trump aide Rick Gates III will officially plead guilty to one or more charges. Gates was indicted in October along with his former partner Paul Manafort.

In return for a substantially reduced sentence, Gates will testify against Manafort at his upcoming trial.

A former top aide to Donald Trump's presidential campaign will plead guilty to fraud-related charges within days – and has made clear to prosecutors that he would testify against Paul J. Manafort Jr., the lawyer-lobbyist who once managed the campaign.

If Manafort maintains his not-guilty plea and fights the charges at a trial, the testimony from Gates could provide Mueller's team with first-person descriptions of much of the allegedly illegal conduct. Gates' testimony, said a person familiar with the pending guilty plea, would place a "cherry on top'' of the government's already-formidable case against Manafort.