A business partner of Donald Trump’s former presidential campaign chairman Paul Manafort pleaded guilty Friday to two criminal charges brought by Robert Mueller’s Special Counsels Office investigation.

Rick Gates was Manafort’s former business partner in a firm that lobbied on behalf of pro-Kremlin Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovich. Yanukovich was forced to flee to Russia after being ousted from power in 2014, but the Ukrainians had paid a significant amount of money to the paid lobbyists. Gates, who had been negotiating with Mueller’s office for over a month, pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit to defraud the United States and making a false statement at a federal Washington D.C. courthouse Friday afternoon, according to the indictment and reports.

Gates had originally pleaded not guilty last fall but took the plea agreement with the special counsel due to the enormous strain the trial has caused his family and for financial reasons, a source familiar with Gates told this reporter.

“It has nothing to do with the White House or the 2016 presidential campaign”

The 25-page indictment says Gates and Manafort “funneled millions of dollars in payments into foreign nominee companies and bank accounts, opened by them and their accomplices in nominee names and in various foreign countries, including Cyprus, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, and Seychelles.”

“Manafort and Gates hid the existence of the foreign companies and bank accounts, falsely and repeatedly reporting to their tax prepares and to the United States that they had no foreign bank accounts,” according to the indictment.

White House officials could not be immediately reached for comment.

“It has nothing to do with the White House or the 2016 presidential campaign,” said an official with direct knowledge of the case.

Gate’s plea follows the new indictment on Manafort issued by the counsel’s office Thursday evening. Today’s indictment charges.

“It is expected to be one charge against Gates,” said the government official familiar with the case. “He got the best deal he could considering the strain this has been on his family and his own financial situation.”

The guilty plea follows a new indictment against Manafort and Gates issued Thursday evening by the special counsel. The indictment contains 32 counts, of which 16 counts are related to filing “false individual income tax returns,” according to the court documents. It also includes “seven counts of failure to file reports of foreign bank and financial accounts, five counts of bank fraud conspiracy and four counts of bank fraud,” according to the special counsel’s website.

In Thursday’s indictment, both Manafort and Gates are being charged with laundering $30 million millions of dollars from overseas when they lobbied on behalf of the Ukraine. The pair ended their work for Ukraine in 2014.

“More than $75,000,000 flowed through the offshore accounts. MANAFORT, with the assistance of GATES, laundered more than $30,000,000, income that he concealed from the United States Department of the Treasury (Treasury), the Department of Justice, and others,”  Thursday’s indictment states.

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  1. The Left is going bonkers over this.

    Sara, a few weeks back you said your sources say we have about 15% of the picture. Does that still hold true?

  2. Muellor, like all in his position, assembles large teams to find something to justify the amount of money they spend. In his situation, he’s assembled a team filled with those that is not only adversarial to the current administration, some might be involved with corruption; and one even forced someone to admit guilt to a law that doesn’t exist, when he was a prosecutor.

    If another special council is chosen to investigate the known problems with the F.B.I. during the last administration, Muellor may find he, and his team, the focus of the investigation.

  3. Is it possible that the 5 year statute of limitations could run out on any charges against Hillary Clinton. It seems to me that the date Comey unconstitutionally declared
    her innocence should be the starting date for any statute of limitations.

  4. What we need is to get someone to implicate Trump in exchange for full immunity. The charges really needn’t even stick – the smear alone would be worth it, especially if we can time it just before mid-term elections. Even better would be to not give them immunity, but promise them a full pardon from the incoming Democratic President. (So it doesn’t look like the testimony was purchased… and we are definitely NOT losing the *next* Presidential election!)
    – A Proud Democrat
    *My* President is Hillary Clinton

  5. What we could use is a grand jury for Crooked Hillary, leadership of the FBI / DOJ, and possibly Barack Obama. And a few dozen Leakers thrown in jail.

    The Inspector General report, potentially released in March, could be a bombshell. Or we could move more towards a Banana Republic.

  6. I’ve forwarded your case and petition to the federal suicide hot line crisis center; 1 800 666 U812. You’ll need it for next couple of elections.

  7. Some people confuse the word patriot with the word parrot. Like parroting the national media’s propaganda like a good little lemmings as both “bill” and “ripple cryptocurrency” aspire to. LOL
    Am I the only one who thinks it strange that Trump has survived an onslaught for years now coming from the dishonest medias so much so that the likes of Pelosi, Schumer, Hillary, the big “O”, Boxer, or Barbara Feinstein couldn’t withstand 5 minutes of this kind of scrutiny. Dishonest liars one and all. You people are choking on gnats and yet swallowing Camels whole.

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