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Charges Dismissed Against Gates as Part of Plea Deal With Mueller

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By    |   Tuesday, 27 February 2018 02:20 PM

A federal court in Alexandria, Virginia has granted a motion by special counsel Robert Mueller's office to dismiss several charges against former Trump campaign aide Rick Gates, Business Insider reported on Tuesday.

Mueller's proposal to drop the charges might be the strongest sign yet that Gates has given the investigation significant information related to its probe of Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election, according to Raw Story.

In his filing to dismiss the charges, Mueller wrote that "the government is moving to dismiss pursuant to a plea agreement," although he doesn't spell out any details of what information he is getting in exchange from Gates.

Gates pleaded guilty last week in federal court in Washington after Mueller's office announced last Thursday that a federal grand jury in Virginia had returned a new, 32-count indictment against Gates, and his long-time business partner Paul Manafort, according to the Washington Examiner.

Gates first pleaded not guilty to an eight-count indictment returned by a federal grand jury in Washington in October.

Gates joined the Trump campaign in early 2016, when Manafort became the campaign chairman, and worked under him as his deputy, according to Business Insider. But even after Manafort stepped down as Trump's campaign chairman in August 2016, Gates continued to have a significant role in the campaign operation.

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A federal court in Alexandria, Virginia has granted a motion by special counsel Robert Mueller's office to dismiss several charges against former Trump campaign aide Rick Gates, Business Insider reported on Tuesday.
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