Rick Gates (political consultant)

Manafort allegedly used intermediaries to get people appointed to Trump admin

Paul Manafort
Paul Manafort. Photo: Mark Wilson via Getty Images

Special counsel Robert Mueller revealed Tuesday that in January 2017, Paul Manafort allegedly told his deputy Rick Gates that he was "using intermediaries, including [redacted] to get people appointed in the Administration."

The big picture: The detail is included in a heavily redacted new court filing that outlines the alleged lies Manafort told investigators that caused him to breach his plea deal. Mueller alleges Manafort lied when he said he had "no direct or indirect communications with anyone in the Administration" and about his interactions with Konstantin Kilimnik — a suspected Russian intelligence operative who has emerged as a key figure in the Mueller investigation.

Go deeper: Manafort allegedly lied about sharing 2016 polling data with Kilimnik

Mueller asks for delay in Rick Gates sentencing

Rick Gates
Rick Gates. Photo: Brendan Smialowski/AFP/Getty Images

Special counsel Robert Mueller has asked a federal judge to delay the sentencing of Rick Gates, citing the former Trump campaign associate's cooperation in "several ongoing investigations."

Why it matters: Gates served as deputy to former Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort, before pleading guilty to charges that included conspiracy against the United States in February 2018. Gates remained Trump's deputy campaign manager after Manafort was fired, and later he went on to help lead President Trump's inaugural committee. Unlike Manafort, Gates has preserved his plea agreement with the special counsel.

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