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Rick Gates, a former Trump advocate and key cooperator campaign in Russia's special advice, is not ready to be sentenced because he continues to assist in "many ongoing investigations," the prosecutors said in a court hearing Friday.
Gates is a central figure in special advice Robert Mueller investigates Russia's intervention in Russia and possible coordination in the Trump campaign. But he also helps federal authorities in New York look at Trump's commission as well as foreign lobby work with well-known Washington insiders.
The combined filing of Mueller's office and Gates's lawyers is in the middle of the signs that Russia's investigation is. But it is unclear if Friday's delay is an indication that Mueller may submit his or her confidential report as soon as possible or if it relates to the status of other investigations.
The filing requires 60 days to update US District Judge Amy Berman Jackson on whether Gates may continue to sentencing.
Gates pleaded guilty last year to conspiracy and false charges charges relating to the Ukrainian lobbying and political consulting he carried out with former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort, sentenced to more than seven years in prison. [1
However, Mueller's prosecutor Andrew Weissmann, who took the lead in Manafort case, said federal judge earlier this year that a meeting Gates attended in Manafort in August 2016 went to the "heart" of the investigation Russia. The meeting at the Grand Havana Room cigar club in New York is accompanied by Konstantin Kilimnik, a longtime associate Manafort who says the FBI is related to Russian intelligence.
Prosecutors have not revealed exactly what their interest in the meeting, although court roles show it involved a discussion of a possible peace-and-development plan of Russia-Ukraine.