President Donald Trump’s former deputy campaign chairman and top witness in special counsel Robert Mueller’s probe Rick Gates has asked for a sentence of just probation after extensive cooperation with prosecutors following a guilty plea to two federal crimes.
The court filing highlights just how significant Gates had been in the Mueller investigation and to prosecutors as they went after other targets, including a former White House counsel, Roger Stone and Gates’ former boss, Paul Manafort. Some details about what Gates spoke to prosecutors about are still under seal.
His attorney notes in a filing Monday night that prosecutors will attest to the court how helpful he’s been and will ask for a reduced sentence for his admissions of guilt. He pleaded guilty to two charges — conspiracy and lying to the FBI — in February 2018. Since then, he’s testified against his former associates at three criminal trials.