Rick Gates Pleads Guilty, Will Cooperate Further

The New York Times reports:

A former top adviser to Donald J. Trump’s presidential campaign pleaded guilty on Friday to fraud and lying to investigators in the special counsel inquiry into Russia’s interference in the 2016 election and will cooperate with the investigation.

The adviser, Rick Gates, is a longtime political consultant who once served as Mr. Trump’s deputy campaign chairman. The plea deal could be a significant development in the investigation — a sign that Mr. Gates plans to offer incriminating information against his longtime associate and the former campaign chairman, Paul Manafort, or other members of the Trump campaign in exchange for a lighter punishment. He faces up to nearly six years in prison.

The deal came as the special counsel, Robert S. Mueller III, has been raising pressure on Mr. Gates and Mr. Manafort with dozens of new charges of money laundering and bank fraud that were unsealed on Thursday in Alexandria, Va. Mr. Mueller first indicted both men in October, and both pleaded not guilty.

NBC News reports:

In a statement of offense attached to the plea agreement, he admits he conspired with Manafort “in a variety of criminal schemes,” including moving millions from offshore accounts without paying taxes on the money, which was disguised as loans.

He also admits he helped Manafort avoid registering as a lobbyist for Ukrainian political figures and misleading two other firms, the Podesta Group and Mercury Public Affairs, on whether they should register.

In addition, Gates admits that even while he was negotiating a deal with Mueller, he lied about a March 19, 2013, meeting attended by Manafort, a lobbyist, and Rep. Dana Rohrabacher. He told investigators that Ukraine had not been discussed when he knew it was.

Axios reports:

Why it matters: Mueller now has the cooperation of a key player who worked closely with the Trump campaign, and stayed on the team even after Manafort resigned as campaign manager. Manafort released a statement today maintaining his innocence, but the pressure is at an all-time high now that his former partner is ready to talk.

What’s next: Federal guidelines suggest Gates will face a sentence of 57 to 71 months, but these are only advisory and are subject to discretion, per Bloomberg. Gates’ status hearing is for May 14, indicating the Mueller probe has no intention of winding down before then.

  • JustDucky

    “In addition, Gates admits that even while he was negotiating a deal with Mueller, he lied about a March 19, 2013, meeting attended by Manafort, a lobbyist, and Rep. Dana Rohrabacher.”

    Remember this?

    There’s two people I think Putin pays: Rohrabacher and Trump,” McCarthy (R-Calif.) said, according to a recording of the June 15, 2016, exchange, which was listened to and verified by The Washington Post. Rep. Dana Rohrabacher is a Californian Republican known in Congress as a fervent defender of Putin and Russia.

    House Speaker Paul D. Ryan (R-Wis.) immediately interjected, stopping the conversation from further exploring McCarthy’s assertion, and swore the Republicans present to secrecy.


    • Lumpy Gaga

      OMFG!!!!! (re: Ryan)

      You lousy corrupt fucker.

      • Todd20036

        How do you know he’s a lousy fucker? Did he cum too quickly?

        • Gustav2

          And didn’t offer to buy brunch!

        • Doesn’t seem the type to care if anyone else gets off unless you pay him.

        • Prost Seattle

          Didn’t put his weight on his elbows nor offer to sleep in the wet spot.

    • bzrd

      this is why I stated that lyan ryan would not end up being president after all the other scum had been indicted
      he’s going down and the desiccated turtle, too

      • emjayay

        From your lips to (the nonexistent) God’s ears.

    • BearEyes

      lyin’ ryan = collusion

    • Also, Rep. Dana Rohrabacher (R) is so stupid I honestly believe he needs to be reminded to breathe; notwithstanding that breathing is an autonomous body function. It’s a tough call whether he or Rep. Gohmert (R) has the lower IQ without seeing the results of standardized tests. I actually made a formal request to meet with Rep. Rohrabacher to be able to witness, first hand, someone that stupid able to walk and talk at the same time.

  • Sam_Handwich
  • Boreal
  • bkmn

    He was just a coffee and donut guy

    • another_steve

      I never met with him. I don’t even know who he is.

      • bzrd

        someone says he lives in Nambia,
        believe me

      • emjayay

        Wasn’t he from Kelly Services or something?

  • ClevelandJim


  • Lazycrockett

    It seems Manaforts only options are Prison or Polonium.

    • safari

      Or he simply offs himself. The Atlantic reported that he was in psychiatric care prior to joining Donald’s circus.

      • Treant

        As long as he admits guilt or leaves no note, I’m fine with that. Here’s a book of Sylvia Plath’s poetry and a bottle of Ambien. What happens, happens.

        If he claims innocence, then no. The bastard needs to go to trial.

        And in either case, check the rope to make sure it wasn’t made in Russia.

        • Nic Peterson

          Plath isn’t dark enough for this asshole, but I like where you are going.

          • Treant

            You must feel free to suggest alternate poets; I’m not real big on the depressive ones.

          • Nic Peterson

            Dark isn’t my strong suit either. Lemme think on that.

      • clay

        He would be abnormal NOT to be feeling stressed and depressed in his situation.

      • JustDucky

        Or, given Putin’s history, “offs himself.” And if that happens, it would fit with Putin’s MO for Manafort to not be the only one.

        “[Scot] Young was part of a circle of nine men, including the exiled oligarch Boris Berezovsky, who all died suspiciously on British soil after making powerful enemies in Russia.”


      • Gianni

        Obviously, the ‘care’ didn’t do him any good at all.

      • JCF

        NO! No offing himself, before he tells Mueller EVERY FUCKING THING!!!!!

    • another_steve

      ^^ Ohmigod that is so bad. lol

      Perhaps the baddest JMG comment of the day.

    • Robincho

      Either or both would be fine with me…

      • another_steve

        Prison costs the taxpayer money.

        Just sayin’.

        • Hank

          Especially Privately Run Prisons!!!

      • Steverino

        Guaranteed to cause pandemonium in the West Wing.

        • David L. Caster

          Trump will be angry, walking around with his angry golf face on, petulant child that he is. There really is nothing to compare the chaos in the current WH to in the history of the US.

    • Gianni

      I’m fine with the Polonium tea as long as it’s not taken before he confesses all. Then he can down it and disappear.

      • David L. Caster

        And clearly implicates the rest of the crooks.

  • bkmn

    Blimpo will be tweeting a bunch of nonsense tomorrow morning.

    • Lazycrockett

      If he is staying in DC, its raining all weekend.

    • Steverino


    • UrsusArctos 🐻

      17:54 DC time this evening.

  • another_steve

    The noose tightens around the orange neck.

  • Boreal

    Kids from FL school shooting on Ellen right now.

  • mikeinftl

    Now remind me were any of President Obama’s staff indicted or pled guilty?

    • JackFknTwist

      Ah, those halcyon days of calm, statesman like leadership and no vanity parades.

    • Steverino

      Not a single one in eight years.

      • bzrd

        that’s ’cause Killary hid in the basement with pizza rat

      • RaygunsGoZap

        Clear evidence of Deep State boogetyboo

  • Lazycrockett

    Mueller just filed new charges against Manafort. Accusing him of paying European Politicaians to lobby for Ukraine.

  • Treant

    Hopefully he’ll have a food taster and something that can measure alpha radioactivity…

    • Todd20036

      Alpha radioactivity isn’t very dangerous.

      • Treant

        Internally! It’s how polonium kills; it’s a strong alpha emitter. Externally, no problem. Internally and moving through your system–painful death.

        For similar reasons? Handling plutonium? Go for it. Eating it? Enjoy your grave.

  • OT- The number of national and even some international planned events for March 24 is mushrooming. I counted 74 marches — take a look. D.C. is up to 112,000. 59,000 people are planning to march in New York and it just was announced.

    • Do Something Nice

      Thanks for posting this. FYI, the lyrics of this late 1960s protest song are so relevant to now it is actually scary.


    • Joe in PA

      At least one more…Reading PA that isn’t on this list.

      • They need to add it to the official website and Facebook page.
        I think they are going to get more than 1 million in Washington. This is incredibly viral right now. No protest like this has ever just occured with just 4 weeks of planning.

        • Do Something Nice

          I just added the FB links to a local lefty blog in SF.

        • Joe in PA

          Thanks, I will do that. I’m kinda thinking I’ll make a trip out of it and go to DC.

    • Randy503

      And we won’t have to pay them to load up on buses.

  • clay

    money laundering
    secret foreign agent
    corrupter of politicians

    and he met with Dana Rohrbacher and Donald Trump.

  • Talisman

    Lock him up! Lock him up!

  • These new charges against Manafort are beginning to sound an awful lot like they’re documenting violations of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act—the one that makes it illegal for U.S. citizens to bribe foreign persons or gov’t officials.


    • I happen to remember some time back Donald was bitching and moaning about it being illegal for US citizens to bribe foreign persons.

      • Joe in PA

        There is a tweet for every occasion!

      • Reality.Bites

        Trump accuses people of doing things most would never have even contemplated – we’ve all contemplated, idly to seriously crimes of the most minor (thinking about if one could jaywalk on a road with great visibility and no traffic for hundreds of metres) to destroying one’s enemies.

        But his crimes are different. They aren’t the kind that normal people contemplate. They’re ones where the payoff isn’t nearly worth the status of criminal deplorability one receives.

    • bkmn

      And that’s on top of the multiple cases of tax fraud

  • TexasBoy

    And the noose tightens…

    • Danieruw

      But she’s lucky. She’s Barbadian so she has somewhere to go. Shirt is still super awesome, though.

    • JCF

      Is this real (that Ri-Ri really wore this shirt)?

  • bkmn

    A good read about what we know about what we don’t know in Mueller’s cases.


    • Yes, it’s a good read…and it’ll be out-of-date within hours. 😉

  • Cipher

    Sing, Ricky! Sing!!

  • ‘Til Tuesday

    Trump on Twitter (regarding Gates): “He was just a coffee boy. I didn’t even know him.”

    Did I mention that Trump is a lying sonofabitch?

  • bkmn

    Has Blimpo left for Mar-a-Fraudo yet? Can’t have him miss another round of golf ya know.

  • JWC

    Ah ha the Thot Plickens

  • billbear1961
  • Professor Barnhardt

    Gates is standing along Pennsylvania Avenue in DC. The building in the background, between Gates and the right hand side of the photo, is the District of Columbia Courthouse. The building between Gates and the left hand side of the picture is the Superior Court of D.C. building. Gates is standing in front of the US District Court. It is out of the picture. The grassy area is John Marshall Park.

  • billbear1961
  • narutomania

    Let’s hope that he cooperates further AND farther.

  • Jean-Marc in Canada

    Meanwhile, in the United States of Apoplectia…


    • JCF

      Not to mention against every black/brown American!

  • Kevin Andrews

    Fascist liars and thieves.
    America, enjoy the Republican Fascist Zionist lack of ethics and the Shitgibbon’s pledge to destroy the Government so his 1% fraudster, thieves and fascist may profit at all our expense.

  • JCF

    “Former Trump campaign adviser Rick Gates has pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy against the United States”

    Let that phrase sink in: conspiracy against the United States. If that had been a high ranking staffmember on the campaign/transition of {sigh} “President Hillary Clinton”, w/ a still Rethug Congress, she would have been already impeached by now! (and w/ the number of DINOs in the Senate, removal would be very, VERY close)

  • boatboy_srq

    Tick tick, motherf#ckers.


  • The Professor

    Cub getting fleeced.