Mueller Asks Judge to Delay Sentencing of Ex-Trump Campaign Aide Gates

Mueller: Manafort worked with alleged Russian agent even after criminal charges

Mueller and his team have been investigating Russia's meddling in the 2016 US presidential election, as well as possible coordination between the Kremlin and figures related to President Donald Trump's campaign.

On January 15, Special Counsel Robert Mueller's office suggested in a court filing that the two men spoke a lot, before and long after Manafort was criminally charged, and specifically about an initiative to bring peace to Ukraine that was likely very favorable to the Kremlin.

As part of the document meant to defend Manafort against accusations that he lied to prosecutors, his defense counsel failed to adequately redact sections of their filing, inadvertently revealing that Manafort stands accused of sharing internal Trump campaign polling data with Kilimnik while he was working for the campaign in the spring of 2016.

Gates served on the campaign past Manafort's August 2016 departure and went on to a leadership role in the inauguration.

In January 2017 Manafort told his former business partner Richard Gates that he was using intermediaries to "get people appointed in the Administration", according to the sworn statement of an Federal Bureau of Investigation agent working for Mueller included in the filing.

Previously, Manafort was suspected to be the star cooperator in the Russian Federation probe.

The latest request for more time before sentencing came in a joint filing by Mueller's office and Gates' lawyers to U.S. District Judge Amy Berman Jackson in Washington, who is overseeing the case.

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Special Counsel Robert Mueller and lawyers for Rick Gates agreed to delay the former Manafort associate's sentencing date for the second time Tuesday. Sentencing in that case is scheduled for early February, and could land him a lengthy prison term. Kilimnik has denied any ties to Russian intelligence. American intelligence agencies and Mueller have said Russian Federation was the source of hacked material released by WikiLeaks during the campaign that was damaging to Hillary Clinton's presidential effort.

In August, Manafort was convicted on several bank and fraud charges in a separate Virginia federal case.

Trump's legal team and the special counsel have been at a standstill on the issue of an in-person interview for around five weeks, CNN reports.

Manafort's legal team attempted to hide sensitive passages from the document but Web users quickly discovered they could see what had been written.

According to the filing, on May 28, 2018, Manafort received a text message from an associate claiming to have an upcoming meeting with Trump who asked, "If I see [the president of the United States] one on one next week am I ok to remind him of our relationship?" Manafort allegedly replied: "Yes" and "even if not one on one". The allegations were also linked to "information pertinent to another Department of Justice investigation" and "Manafort's contact with Administration officials".

Finally, the filing claims that while Manafort turned over electronic devices and digital media to prosecutors, he "did not provide passwords" to officials on more than 10 occasions.

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