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Rick Gates enters guilty plea

Rick Gates enters guilty plea”

Given the new indictment from Mueller, it is unclear whether Vance will pursue charges over the loans. President Donald Trump's former campaign chair, Paul Manafort, is accused of making secret payoffs to European politicians.

"Guilty, your honor", Gates told U.S. District Judge Amy Jackson in a packed second-floor courtroom.

The conspiracy, prosecutors say, spans from 2006 to 2017 and involved more than $75 million that flowed through offshore accounts.

Paul Manafort says in a statement that the plea by Rick Gates today does not change his commitment to defend himself against what he calls "untrue piled up charges".

Continued Manafort: "I had hoped and expected my business colleague would have had the strength to continue the battle to prove our innocence". Initially, he pleaded not guilty to the October charges.

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Michael Zeldin, who has worked very closely with special counsel Robert Mueller, spoke perhaps a bit more confidently than is typical of a legal analyst about the allegations against former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort.

They were indicted last October on 12 charges ranging from conspiracy to money laundering. Manafort was the former Trump campaign chief, and Gates was a former campaign aide.

The admission is a strong indication Gates is planning to cooperate with Mr Mueller's investigation.

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Gates's plea is expected to come with an agreement to cooperate with Mueller's investigation, but what form that takes is unclear.

Asked how he felt while leaving the courthouse after the plea, Gates smiled and said, "Very good". The person spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to publicly discuss details.

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The details of those discussions have not been described publicly, beyond a court filing that said they involve "highly sensitive matters" that would "potentially be prejudicial to (Gates) as well as embarrassing".

The indictment, handed down Thursday by a federal grand jury, includes a litany of financial crimes, alleging the men filed false income tax returns and failed to disclose foreign accounts.

Manafort and Gates may be at odds now, but the two men used to be close business partners. Their indictments are related to lobbying and political work they did before the 2016 campaign with Russian-backed interests in Ukraine.

The charges stem from a October 2017 indictment accusing Gates and his business associate, Paul Manafort, of planning to defraud the US government about money they received for political consultant work in Ukraine. If found guilty of bank fraud, the defendants could each face up to 30 years in prison and a fine of as much as $1 million. Gates and Manafort accused of fraud, money laundering, conspiracy against US interests and deceiving the American authorities regarding their cooperation with the ex-President of Ukraine Viktor Yanukovych.

Gates' decision marks the fifth publicly known guilty plea in the special counsel probe into possible collusion between the Trump campaign and the Kremlin during the 2016 campaign.

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