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New signs Mueller is about to flip another in Russia probe: Rick Gates quietly added prominent white-collar attorney Tom Green [from Watergate] to his defense team. Green met with Mueller team twice last week, which suggests ongoing negotiations.
Rick Gates is no coffee boy. After his boss Manafort left the campaign, "Gates remained entrenched in Trump operation"– on the transition, the inaugural & running Trump's super PAC.
Oh, and his RU oligarch/mafia pal Deripaska is is suing him again.
Here's the thing: Trump hated Rick Gates; threatened to fire him MANY times – even after Gates took the fall for Melania's plagiarized speech. Trump aides talked about Gates like a dog, referring to him as Trump's whipping boy.
Think he'll flip? 😆
3 of Rick Gates lawyers withdrew as counsel for the ex Trump campaign aide. Reasons for their departure were filed under seal today.
=> A team of lawyers recently linked to Gates spent the day in Mueller's office building. via @kpolantz
@Lazertrade #Maddow
^ cc @emzorbit #Maddow
Rick Gates' lawyers are in a sealed hearing on their motion to withdraw as his counsel. The exhibit that explains the reasons for that request to withdraw remains under seal.
As noted upthread, Gates already has a new attorney - his 3rd so far.
Via @ZoeTillman: As of now, there has been NO change to Rick Gates' legal representation. The judge did not rule from the bench during today's sealed hearing on the motion filed by Rick Gates' lawyers to withdraw.
"Irreconcilable differences" ? Rick Gates and his soon-to-be-former lawyers couldn't agree on whether he should flip? Disagreements over money?
"Potentially prejudicial to the Defendant [Rick Gates] as well as embarrassing-"
Go on...
🚨 !! BREAKING per @CNN: Former Trump Campaign advisor Rick Gates is close to a plea deal with Special Counsel Robert Mueller in the Russia Probe. Gives wide ranging interview to special counsel.
BOOM BOOM BOOM: Former Trump campaign adviser Rick Gates is finalizing a plea deal w/ special counsel Robert Mueller's office – has been in negotiations for a month. Once a deal is place, Gates will be the 3rd known cooperator in the Russia probe.
Recall: Rachel Brand's husband, Jonathan Cohn, is an attorney at Sidley Austin, the firm Rick Gates just hired to represent him in the Mueller indictment and negotiate his plea deal. Still wonder why she stepped down from the DOJ?
Rick Gates is no coffee boy. Gates flipping places enormous pressure on Manafort: "Trump Has Told Friends and Aides that Paul Manafort Can Incriminate Him."
via @rgoodlaw
ICYMI: On Jan 10, Russian oligarch Deripaska re-upped his lawsuit against ex-Trump campaign officials Manafort & Rick Gates. Deripaska named Lindsey Graham's 2016 campaign mgr Christian Ferry as a key Manafort assoc in the 2014 filing of this suit.
Lindsey Graham's 2016 campaign manager, Christian Ferry, was part of the Davis, Manafort, Rick Gates team who advised Ukraine's then-PM Yanukovych back in 2008.
Hi @LindseyGrahamSC!
Former NY federal prosecutor, Oct 31, *2016*: At the time of Manafort's resignation from the Trump Campaign, the FBI knew that he, Rick Gates & Brad Zackson [former Trump Org manager] had been laundering money for Russian mobster Dimitri Firtash.
Recall: Rick Gates was not only Deputy Chair of the Trump campaign, he was also Deputy Chair of the Trump's Inaugural Committee [Tom Barrack's chief deputy], managing the murky $107M inauguration fund.
Looks like Rick Gates is producing for Mueller: New bank fraud claim against Manafort re $9.5M mortgage from Federal Savings Bank of Chicago – but no charges yet. @AGSchneiderman is investigating the same mortgage.
State charges = no pardon. #Flip
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