Gates Still Cooperating With 'Several Ongoing Investigations,' Mueller Says

Gates Still Cooperating With 'Several Ongoing Investigations,' Mueller Says

Manafort joined Trump's campaign at the end of March 2016 and was promoted to campaign chairman that May.

Mueller had already said that Manafort's "lies" were "principally" related to his contact with Trump Administration officials and a Russian named Konstantin Kilimnik.

Recall: this is the document that Mueller had to file to support his allegation that Manafort lied in breach of a cooperation agreement he signed with the special counsel.

Gates also entered a plea deal with prosecutors to cooperate in the case against Manafort, which led Mueller to dismiss almost two-dozen tax and bank fraud charges against Gates.

Manafort is scheduled for sentencing in the Washington case on March 5.

Tuesday's filings showed Mueller believes Manafort had lied to investigators about Kilimnik's involvement in the witness tampering. That move would likely touch off a bitter legal battle between the White House and Mueller's team. Following revelations that he received millions of dollars in illicit funds from Ukraine's pro-Kremlin former president, the campaign announced on 19 August 2016 that Manafort was leaving. He also discussed a proposed peace plan for Ukraine with Kilimnik. Manafort's lawyers said any incorrect statements by him were unintentional. A sentencing date, in that case, has been set for February 8. Kilimnik is a Ukrainian national who was trained as a linguist by the Russian army and also has a background in Russian intelligence.

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Paul Manafort, former campaign manager for Donald Trump, arrives at federal court in Washington, D.C., U.S., on Wednesday, May 23, 2018.

Unlike Manafort - who was convicted in August by a federal court in Virginia of bank fraud and tax evasion connected to his work in Ukraine and later pleaded guilty in a separate case to two counts of conspiracy in order to avoid a second trial - Kilimnik is unlikely to appear in a USA courthouse to face charges of obstruction of justice and conspiracy to obstruct justice related to his dealings with Manafort. Details of those "various accounts" are redacted, but suggest he repeatedly changed his testimony over the course of several meetings with Mueller's team and a federal grand jury. They reportedly told Gates they had information that could help the Trump campaign.

He did not respond to requests for comment for this story.

"Prosecutor speak for more indictments", he said.

In a text message sent on June 20, 2017, he wrote: "No one [from Mueller's team or US law enforcement] has contacted me and probably never will".

The filing also refers to Rick Gates, Manafort's former right-hand man who pleaded guilty and is cooperating with Mueller's investigation. After Manafort replied, "Yes", he added, "Even if not one on one".

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