Rick Gates, Paul Manafort's Partner, Signing Plea Deal With Mueller

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Rick Gates, Paul Manafort's business partner, is reportedly signing a plea deal with Robert Mueller.

Rick Gates, Paul Manafort's business partner, is reportedly signing a plea deal with special counsel Robert Mueller.

Paul Manafort was President Donald Trump's second campaign manager during election 2016. Manafort, along with Jared Kushner, and Donald Trump, Jr. met with Russian operatives at Trump Tower on June 9, 2016.

Natalia Veselnitskaya, one of the operatives they met with, has been linked to foreign corruption and a likely murder in the United Kingdom.

In order to secure the June 9th meeting with Manafort, Kushner, and Trump, Jr., Veselnitskaya promised the men 'dirt' on Trump's 2016 opponent, Hillary Clinton.

Following the Republican convention, Manafort resigned from the Trump campaign after the New York Times reported that Manafort's name had been found in a ledger linked to public corruption in Ukraine, a country that Manafort had performed political consulting in for years.

Both Manafort and Gates were indicted for money laundering last year, among other criminal charges.

Former Trump campaign adviser Rick Gates is finalizing a plea deal with special counsel Robert Mueller's office, indicating he's poised to cooperate in the investigation, according to sources familiar with the case. Gates has already spoken to Mueller's team about his case and has been in plea negotiations for about a month. The White House sees little sign that Gates' cooperation could pose any risk to the President. "There'd be no anxiety here" if Gates cooperated with Mueller in exchange for a plea deal, one White House official said.

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