Rick Gates Close To Plea Deal With Mueller

CNN reports:

Former Trump campaign adviser Rick Gates is finalizing a plea deal with special counsel Robert Mueller’s office, indicating he’s poised to cooperate in the investigation, according to sources familiar with the case.

Gates has already spoken to Mueller’s team about his case and has been in plea negotiations for about a month. He’s had what criminal lawyers call a “Queen for a Day” interview, in which a defendant answers any questions from the prosecutors’ team, including about his own case and other potential criminal activity he witnessed.

Gates’ cooperation could be another building block for Mueller in a possible case against President Donald Trump or key members of his team.

Once a plea deal is in place, Gates would become the third known cooperator in Mueller’s sprawling probe into Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election. It would also increase the pressure to cooperate on Gates’ co-defendant Paul Manafort.

  • bkmn

    The noose tightens, aided by Don the Con’s unstoppable urge to tweet about everything.

  • joe ho

    Clear evidence of Trump money laundering is what we really want.

    • teeveedub

      Among other things. Like, oh, I don’t know, maybe documentary evidence of his knowledge of and cooperation with Russian efforts to tamper with the U.S. election.

      For starters.

      • Judas Peckerwood

        Pee tape or get out.

        • j.martindale

          He would say don’t believe your lying eyes. And the dumb f*cks who voted for him wouldn’t.

      • bzrd

        remember the video
        “If you’re listening Russia, there are 30,000 lost emails.”
        The dump always loves telling on himself, Jr. has the same habit

  • Lazycrockett

    A Republican controlled Congress will take no action.

    • HanyBaal

      That’s what the Colluder is counting on. Mueller will present an air-tight case and the Repugs will collectively shrug it off & continue dismantling the country.

      • Todd20036

        But I don’t think Mueller is preparing a case for this congress. He’s preparing a case for the congress after 2018 elections.

        If there really is a blue tsunami, there will be justice.

        • JCF

          Well, there will be an impeachment, quite possibly. I hope people aren’t deluding themselves though, to think the Senate, w/ a 66 vote threshhold, will vote to remove Drumpf even IF the Dems retake the Senate.

          More likely: Drumpf will resign and/or Mueller will find a way to indict him in Federal Court. [And/or an AG in a state court?]

          • The_Wretched

            We just saw the Turtle rally a whopping 9 (of 54) votes for the negotiated bipartisan immigration bill in the Senate. That was a bill the Republicans could stand behind but they intentionally tanked it anyways.

  • Bambino

    “Now is not the time to talk about collusion.”

    • Judas Peckerwood

      Exactly — let history be the judge!

    • Lars Littlefield

      Correction: The “geologic” time to talk about collusion

      • bzrd

        I’ll take subduction for
        $1000, Alex

  • Sam_Handwich
    • teeveedub

      “And if you’re chosen Queen for a Day, what would you like?”

      “A set of golf clubs.”

      – George Carlin

    • fuzzybits

      Someone had to do it.

    • fuzzybits
    • Robincho

      I remember Jack Bailey, so just get off my fuckin’ lawn…

      • Charlie 2001

        I remember this show (but not the host). This show was a forerunner for Jerry Springer. The audience chose the queen by clapping for the sob story they liked best. And the prize always included a washing machine and a years detergent. I have thought several times that this would be a good show for TV to bring back. The younguns can get a feel for this show by searching Queen for a Day on YouTube. What would they give out today?

        • prixator

          Some type of firearm?

  • Lars Littlefield

    Gates looks suspiciously like Eric Stonestreet in that photo.

  • JWC

    O/T the Second amendment ” a well regulated militia being necessary to secure the free state.The right of the people to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed Dec 15 1791 A few points: First ‘A MILITIA” was called by a local general or ranking officer and convened for a period of 90 days.Second “Well Regulated” I would take to mean under the direct and specified orders of said general or ranking officer. Third to”secure the free state” If the state was already free then this obligation would have been met.thereby the militia disbanded. Fourth, based on the conditions of the aforementioned stipulations if all these conditions were met and satisfied for the next 90 days as so stipulated then it would mean this amendment was duplicitous given that there was an armed army in place since 1775 As militias were supplanted eventually by some branch of the armed forces The second amendment would be innocuous except in incidences for hunting game and home security with your trusty flintlock musket . All communities today have police forces which render, in most parts of the world, home security redundant. One has to accept this , in the light that, when the constitution was originally written we had no electricity automobiles airplanes computers or a litany of things.The constitution has been altered to include these. If the constitution can be altered to include progress then it can also be altered for exclusion of non viable items like militias and muskets.This was all written in the late 1700 This is what it is subject to. Not one from Item A and one from B Again i offer this for your perusal

    • bzrd

      not to mention all the armories in various colonial towns
      ARMORIES to house the arms of the well regulated militia
      Mueller time

      • JWC

        Its just a little mind boggling that the NRA would grasp so tightly and build such a high wall of defense around something of such little relevance It virtually pertains to nothing The NRA are raping the public with it for their own agenda

        • bzrd

          someday they may go down with their dealings with the russkis

          • JWC

            I think the NRA fits the definition as an internal terrorist group right up there with neo nazi and white supremacists

    • canoebum

      A shorter version of “Well regulated” means that the militia is under the direction of professional officers who answered to a duly constituted civilian authority. We know that the militia of Colonial and Revolutionary times included primarily the upright, trustworthy citizens of the locality, those who could be trusted to do their duty as directed. Thieves, drunkards and the village idiots were excluded.

      • JWC

        to me however its relevancy in today’s setting is redundant

    • The_Wretched

      You’re entirely right. However, Scalia, the Scaly One, (still locked in a grave), struck the “Well Regulated Militia” out of the Constitution in Heller. He was an originalist.

  • JWC

    as long as” key players” include Pence

  • Friday’s_cat

    A bit of good news to alleviate the horror.

  • joe ho

    Come on, Bob, give us another indictment to brighten up our day. It’s been too long.

  • Ninja0980

    Lock them up, lock them up!

  • JWC

    Ohh Donny Poor Donny the noose is tightening

  • bzrd

    Is there anyone out there who can post the video “Comey’s my Homey’ sung to the tune of From Russia with Love

  • AJayne

    So the fun part is the lawyer now representing Gates also represents Priebus and Bannon, the latter of whom spent two days (20 hours) this week speaking with Mueller’s team – while publicly refusing to answer any (Nunes-led) House committee questions not previously approved by li’l donnie.

    Fun fact, a lawyer representing more than one client re: the same case is discouraged unless no conflict of interest exists between the clients – seems possible to me, then, that Reince and Steve are also working toward making deals with Mueller, or have already…

    • JWC

      Have they subpoenaed Bannon yet

      • AJayne

        Not that I’ve read – the threat he currently faces from Congress is being held in contempt for refusing non-donnie-approved questions – tho that could become a moot point if word of his cooperation in the case comes out…

        • JWC

          He Claims executive privilege the same as Don Jr both have been advised it does not apply

          • AJayne

            I know what he has claimed to the committee, but that “claim” could be part of his (and his lawyer’s) strategy during plea negotiations – to take that route (with Mueller’s approval) – because once the deal is made, he’ll stop talking to anyone except those on Mueller’s team…

    • thatotherjean

      I hope ol’ Steve sung his pickled little heart out to get less time in jail.

  • Jmdintpa

    we are all forgetting one thing… a republican congress is not going to do or allow anything to be done to trump. wont happen. the only hope at all is the sliver of a chance people actually give a fuck and vote…

    • LesbianTippingHabits

      And we all know that Colin Kaepernick didn’t vote. Maybe this year.

      • Stephen Elliot Phillips

        Oh please

      • stevenj

        Bury it. It’s dead.

        • LesbianTippingHabits

          Thank you.

          I will now focus on positive encouragement for this November.

    • eddiebeskeddie

      that’s what I am thinking too but I am not as optimistic as you are about it. I say this because even the shit stuff that we can see and hear about DT, that is not against any laws, too many Americans still think he is a gift from god – litterally.

  • coram nobis
  • MikeinATL

    More nothing burger… lol

  • Jean-Marc in Canada

    Ever tighter the noose becomes….

  • JCF



    • coram nobis

      Spats Colombo: Hello, copper. What brings you to Miami?

      Mulligan: Heard you “opera lovers” were having a convention, so I thought I’d better be around in case anybody decided to sing.

      — “Some Like It Hot”

  • Skeptical_Inquirer

    That’s nice but it would REALLY make my day if someone closer like Kushner was being questioned/flipped/busted.

    • bzrd

      be patient
      his turn will come by and by
      castles need a strong foundation

    • Guess?

      You build a fire with small kindling so you can fry the big fish.

  • billbear1961

    Just take your time–it’s not like the country’s falling apart or ANYTHING LIKE THAT.

  • Larry Hankamer

    Lock ’em Up!

  • SDG

    Swamptity swamp swamp!

  • stanhope

    Don Jr had better be getting his sphincter stretching practice in…his role in Bubba’s Bitch is soon coming.