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Thread by @aliasvaughn: "1. BREAKING: Gates is being used as a witness NOT, as many thought, Primarily to nail Manafort but INSTEAD to investigate the Trump campaign […]"

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1. BREAKING: Gates is being used as a witness NOT, as many thought, Primarily to nail Manafort but INSTEAD to investigate the Trump campaign's conspiracy with Russia. BLOOP!
2. What were we just saying about Mueller investigating the GOP convention changes to Ukraine language in platform? This fits RIGHT IN THERE. ALL about Trump & co's conspiracy with Russia. Panic can now start at the WH re: Gates flipping.
3. Mueller made it clear LAST YEAR that he wanted the help of Gates to investigate the central part of his investigation, which is Trump & co. "colluding" or rather conspiring with Russia. So, from the get-go what was asked of Gates? Was RUSSIA intel, not MANAFORT intel.
4. This very obviously puts the news we got about Van der Zwaan and Gates telling him he and Manafort were KNOWINGLY working with a "former" GRU officer (Kilimnik) in a complete perspective, doesn't it? Told y'all THAT was the big piece of news, and not the Dowd/pardons stuff.
5. According to CNN, when Gates flipped (agreement was filed at beginning of Feb., signed a few weeks later), "Mueller told him they DID NOT need his cooperation against Manafort, and instead wanted to hear what he knew about contact between the Trump campaign and Russia." Oops.
6. Two main implications for this: a) Manafort is SOOO toast, he is a carbon black toast, they don't even need Gates to nail him. b) Mueller has been building his case around Trump & co conspiring with Russia from the get-go, and planned accordingly.
7. When Gates signed a plea deal SOOO good, he essentially got away with a slap on the wrist instead of MANY years of jail, people should have known this was NOT just about Manafort. @20committee said it: Gates had to be delivering BIG goodies to get such a deal.
8. This doesn't mean that Gates won't testify against Manafort, just that Mueller's primary interest in Gates's knowledge is the Russia conspiracy, not Manafort. He may still testify against Paulie Walnuts.
9. "Gates may have information of value to prosecutors beyond his business dealings with Manafort, according to sources familiar with his role". No kidding, and the Van der Zwaan documents with him saying they KNOWINGLY worked with a GRU officer shows it.
10. This is what should scare the Trump gang the most: Gates "also developed a reputation for keeping tabs on what others were up to, one source said." Not to mention, he was with Trump up until inauguration AND he was then hired by Tom Barrack and frequently visited WH with him.
11. While Gates was not at the Trump tower meeting, he would know what happened as Manafort's deputy (As Manafort was there). Also, according to witness in screencap, Gates kept tabs on everything and he would know "whether Russians were ever introduced to Trump himself". OH.
12. Interesting point from CNN: "Once prosecutors made a plea offer following Gates' indictment, that offer never changed: He could plead guilty to a conspiracy count if he helped the investigation." Again, Mueller decides on strategy and DOES.NOT.BUDGE.
13. But the real big point here is of course the lead: Mueller is using Gates to go after Trump & co for conspiring with Russia. We knew from the Van der Zwaan filing, now CNN has sources confirming. Rest assured that justice WILL prevail and Mueller IS indeed coming. /END
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