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What Gates’ confession means for Manafort?
The former trump-campaign-members of Paul Manafort and Rick Gates were weighs indicted on tax and bank fraud charges; ‘America’s News HQ’ political panel.
The former trump campaign Vice-Chairman Rick Gates communicated with a person with connections to a Russian secret service by the end of 2016, Special Counsel Robert Mueller said in a new court filing.
The revelation came during the sentencing of Alex Van der Zwaan, a lawyer connected Gates, and the former trump-campaign-Chairman Paul Manafort, who pleaded guilty last month to making false statements to the FBI.
“Gates and A Person to communicate directly in September and October of 2016, was obtained in connection with the investigation,” the Tuesday in the court filing, and examined by Fox News, read.
Müller examines the Russian interference, and the actions of the Trump allies of the campaign during the presidential elections.
The unnamed person quoted in the “Person A” had lived in Kiev and Moscow until August 2016 and worked with Manafort and gates in connection with the Ukraine lobby. Person A, after registration, foreign nationals, and a “close associate” of both Manafort and gates, was working for Manafort company in the Ukraine, Davis Manafort International LLC.
The messages were known in what is known as the “government’s sentencing Memorandum.”
“The lies and the reluctance of the documents material to the Special Counsel ‘ s Office investigation. That Gates and Person A can communicate directly in September and October of 2016, was read in connection with the investigation,” the filing. “Federal Bureau of Investigation Special agents, the Special Counsel’ s support rate office to that Person A has connections to a Russian secret service and had such relations in 2016.”
The filing said that van der Zwaan admitted, in his first interview with the special counsel’s office that he says is aware of the connection between the gates and “Person A” that, “Gates told him, Person A was a former Russian intelligence officer with the GRU,”—meaning Gates was aware of the unnamed person, the gang during his communication.
Just last month, Mueller waved to dismiss the indictment goals in a substitute indictment in Virginia Federal court, according to Gates’ pleaded guilty to the first round of charges brought in October 2017.
A federal grand jury returned the new charges in the subsequent indictment against the two goals and Manafort, the conspiracy against the United States, conspired to launder money, otherwise, please register as an agent of a foreign principal and the provision of false statements. The transfer fee charges were separate from the original charges against both Manafort and goals in October.
Manafort continues to plead not guilty, and only Tuesday to dismiss his lawyers waved, the release of the indictment brought against him in the court. Manafort, the lawyers claimed that Müller exceeded the scope of the investigation, and claimed Miller was not even investigated the client for all possible agreements.
Manafort’s attorney, Kevin Downing filed the motion in a U.S. Federal court on Tuesday to dismiss the indictment, noting that “the allegations against Mr are not ‘Manafort result directly from the” special counsel investigation.
“In fact, the special counsel has never suggested that Mr. Manafort had nothing to do with alleged” coordination [with] the Russian government “, or that he examined Mr. Manafort on the theme,” Downing wrote in a court filing.
Despite Gates guilty, Manafort has said that he will “continue to maintain my innocence,” and that he “expects” the gates had hopes that “the power to continue to show the slaughter of our innocence.”
Earlier this month, U.S. district judge T. S. Ellis III, who is assigned to the transfer charge in Virginia, suggested that Manafort, could get life in prison, and “a significant flight risk” to flee because of his “financial resources and the international connections and will remain too large.”
“In particular, given the nature of the accusations against the defendant, and the apparent weight of the evidence against him, the defendant is faced with the very real possibility of spending the rest of his life in prison,” Ellis wrote.
Fox News’ Bill Mears contributed to this report.
Brooke Singman is a political Reporter for Fox News. You can follow her on Twitter at @Brooke FoxNews.