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CNN: Rick Gates Working Plea Deal With Mueller on Russia

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By    |   Thursday, 15 Feb 2018 08:26 PM

Former Trump campaign adviser Rick Gates is in the final stages of a plea deal with Russia special counsel Robert Mueller, CNN reported Thursday, citing "sources familiar with the case."

Gates, 45, who was indicted in October with former Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort, has been in talks with Mueller's investigators for about a month.

A plea deal could be announced within days, CNN reported.

Gates has filed an extension regarding legal representation that ends Wednesday.

He and Manafort were indicted on charges of money laundering and illegal foreign lobbying relating to their work for Ukraine's former president and his political party.

The work occurred years before they began working on the Trump campaign.

Both pleaded not guilty to the charges.

"Nobody [who's charged] goes in to provide incriminating information to the government unless it's part of plea negotiations," a criminal defense attorney who represents a witness in the case, told CNN Thursday.

The lawyer was referring to an interview Gates held with Mueller's team in which defendants answer questions from prosecutors that could involve his own case or other possible criminal activity that might have been witnessed.

In such interviews — called "Queen for a Day" by defense attorneys — defendants generally can admit to crimes with little additional consequences.

However, once the interview occurs, defendants have little change of fighting any subsequent charges, federal criminal lawyers told CNN.

Should a plea deal be reached, Gates would join former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn and ex-Trump campaign adviser George Papadopoulos in cooperating with Mueller's probe.

But the White House told CNN Thursday that President Trump was in no danger from Gates' cooperation.

"There'd be no anxiety here," an administration official said.

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