Robert Mueller breathed new life into his sputtering witch hunt.
He’s found no evidence of collusion with Russia so he’s desperate for a silver bullet to take down the President.
And now he’s reached an agreement that could be bad news for Trump.
Rick Gates was the deputy to Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort.
He was charged along with Manafort last fall on a number of counts relating to their work as foreign lobbyists from 2006 to 2014, long before they ever entered Trump’s orbit.
Now Gates is about strike a deal with the special counsel.
The Daily Caller reports:
Former Trump campaign adviser Rick Gates is reportedly preparing to accept a plea deal with the special counsel’s office.
Gates has been in negotiations with Mueller’s prosecutors for roughly a month, according to CNN. He was indicted in October along with his business partner, former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort.
Gates and Manafort were indicted for money laundering and other crimes related to political consulting work they did well before joining the Trump campaign for a Ukrainian political party.
Gates has already met with Mueller’s team in what’s known as a “queen for a day” session, according to CNN. In such meetings, defendants are generally allowed to speak freely about other crimes that they witnessed in exchange for assurances that their words will not be used against them.”
Mueller would surely be interested in a deal if Gates is able to provide information that moves his faltering collusion investigation forward.
But can Gates do that?
The Daily Caller reports the White House is not worried about anything Gates could tell Mueller:
It is unclear if Gates plans to share information strictly related to Manafort or if he has damning information about the Trump campaign.
A White House official told CNN that there is little concern in the administration that a Gates plea deal will harm Trump.
“There’d be no anxiety here,” the official said.”
Mueller’s collusion investigation is taking its dying breaths.
No one has found any evidence of collusion.
But it’s not been for a lack of trying.
The FBI has spent 18 months digging into the Trump campaign and Russia and have come up empty.
It is exactly what Donald Trump said it was – a witch hunt.
There is little chance Gates will be able to provide any new information on Russian collusion.
But Mueller will press forward because he is desperate to find anything he can use to try and drive the President from office.
We will keep you up to date on any new developments in this story.