Former Trump campaign adviser Rick Gates has reportedly been flipped by the Special Counsel Robert Mueller. Gates had been in plea negotiations with the Robert Mueller team. Gates’ co-defendant Paul Manafort will now be under increased pressure by the Special Counsel. Manafort, however, has pled not guilty and will be fighting a case against him that has absolutely nothing to do with Russian collusion. How bizarre is that?
As Written and Reported By Ed Morrissey for Hot Air:
Who wants to be Queen for a Day? Maybe Rick Gates, who reportedly has begun to sing in Robert Mueller’s special counsel probe. CNN reported last night that the co-defendant in the Paul Manafort indictment has negotiated a plea deal, and conducted a “queen for a day” interview with investigators. However, the question may be what Gates would know — and about whom he would know it:
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. He’s had what criminal lawyers call a “Queen for a Day” interview, in which a defendant answers any questions from the prosecutors’ team, including about his own case and other potential criminal activity he witnessed. …
Once a plea deal is in place, Gates would become the third known cooperator in Mueller’s sprawling probe into Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election. It would also increase the pressure to cooperate on Gates’ co-defendant Paul Manafort, Trump’s former campaign chairman, who has pleaded not guilty to Mueller’s indictment and is preparing for a trial on alleged financial crimes unrelated to the campaign. Gates pleaded not guilty on October 30 alongside Manafort.
“Nobody (who’s charged) goes in to provide incriminating information to the government unless it’s part of plea negotiations,” said a criminal defense attorney who represents a witness in the case. In a Queen for a Day interview, a defendant can typically admit to crimes with little …..
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