Report: Manafort's Partner Was Offered ‘Monetary Assistance’ To Stay Quiet
Rick Gates, Trump’s former campaign deputy chairman and former Paul Manafort associate who cooperated with the Mueller investigation, was allegedly offered “monetary assistance” not to cooperate with the government, according to Law & Crime.
Federal prosecutors said on Tuesday: “Finally, is important to note that the public nature of this case has made Gates and Gates’ family the subject of intense media scrutiny. Gates’ cooperation has been steadfast despite the fact that the government has asked for his assistance in high profile matters, against powerful individuals, in the midst of a particularly turbulent environment. Gates received pressure not to cooperate with the government, including assurances of monetary assistance. He should be commended for standing up to provide information and public testimony against individuals such as Manafort, Craig, and Stone, knowing well that they enjoy support from the upper echelons of American politics and society. Based on his substantial assistance, the government recommends a downward departure and does not oppose Gates’ request for a probationary sentence.”
Gates, the government’s star witness at Manafort’s Virginia trial which ended in Manafort’s conviction and incarceration, testified despite his associates’ connections in high places.
Elie Honig, CNN legal analyst and former federal prosecutor, immediately reacted to the news.
“Holy crap. According to federal prosecutors, Gates was promised ‘monetary assistance’ if he did not cooperate? By who?? That’s a lay-down-your-hand obstruction case,” he said.