Meet Rick Gates, Paul Manafort’s former right-hand man who is now the star witness testifying against him in trial

Rick Gates

Businessman Rick Gates is a cooperating witness in the special counsel Mueller’s Russia investigation and the star witness in the trial of Paul Manafort.
Gates was Manafort’s long-time associate and protégé. The two met as Washington lobbyists three decades ago.
He joined the Trump campaign with Manafort in 2016.

Rick Gates, the former deputy chairman of the Trump campaign, is testifying this week as the prosecution’s star witness in the trial of his former boss and Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort.

Gates took a plea deal and became a cooperating witness in the Mueller probe in February 2018 after the special counsel Robert Mueller’s office indicted them on 32 counts of tax evasion, tax fraud, and bank fraud in the Eastern District of Virginia. Manafort is pleading not guilty to all charges.

The two associates were previously charged on 12 counts, including conspiracy to launder money, conspiracy against the US, and making false and misleading statements in the District of Columbia last October. Both men pleaded not guilty at the time.

Mueller, who is leading the probe into Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election and the Trump campaign’s possible coordination with Moscow, has been investigating Manafort’s and Gates’ relationships with foreign leaders and suspicious financial dealings abroad.

Manafort, who has strong ties to Trump’s inner circle, has been a key player in Mueller’s investigation.

Gates is a lesser known figure in Washington, but still an influential Trump booster with wide-ranging connections to powerful leaders and businessmen around the world. Here’s what we know about him.

Gates’ early days in Washington politics

Gates met Manafort nearly three decades ago while he was an intern at Black, Manafort, Stone, and Kelly — one of the most powerful lobbying firms in DC.

The firm worked to help boost the image of dictators and …read more

Source:: Business Insider


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