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Rick Gates, a former campaign of Trump aide and key collaborator in the Russian Special Adviser's probe, is not ready to be sentenced because he continues to collaborate with "several ongoing investigations," prosecutors said in a court trial Friday.
Gates is a central figure of Special Adviser Robert Mueller investigation of Russian electoral interference and possible coordination with the Trump campaign. But he is also helping the federal authorities in New York who are examining Trump's inaugural committee and the foreign lobbying activities of major Washington insiders.
The joint deposit of Mueller's office and Gates's lawyers comes among the signs that the Russian investigation is about to end. But it is not clear if Friday's delay is an indication that Mueller could soon present his confidential report or if it is related to the status of other investigations.
The deposit requires another 60 days to update US District Judge Amy Berman Jackson on the fact if Gates
Gates pleaded guilty last year to conspiracy and false accusations of accusations relating to Ukrainian lobbyists and political consultations he led with the former president of the Trump campaign Paul Manafort, who was sentenced to more than seven years in prison [1
However, Mueller prosecutor Andrew Weissmann, who led the Manafort case, told a federal judge at the start of this year that a Gates meeting attended with Manafort in August 2016 went at the "heart" of the Russia survey. The meeting at the Grand Havana Room cigar club in New York was with Konstantin Kilimnik, a long-time collaborator from Manafort that the FBI linked to Russian intelligence.
The prosecutors did not reveal exactly what their interest in the meeting was, although the court documents show that it involved a discussion on a possible Russia-Ukraine peace plan.