Mueller says Gates' cooperation continues, a possible sign investigation isn't done yet

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

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 US courthouse to face charges of obstruction of justice and conspiracy to obstruct justice related to his dealings with Manafort.

Robert Mueller, on the other hand, has said he is prepared to prove that the "lies" Manafort told were not a case of misremembering and "were not instances of mere memory lapses".

Gates' attorneys and Mueller asked to provide the next update on their conversations to the court by March 15. But the latest developments indicate Mueller's team is far from done and is aggressively pursuing several different cases related to Russian interference. Some signs have indicated he is wrapping sometime soon, including the planned departure in the coming weeks of Deputy Attorney Rod Rosenstein, who oversees the probe.

But both Manafort and Kilimnik have previously acknowledged that they met in person on August 2, 2016. Manafort's lawyers also said that Mueller's team had accused Manafort of lying "about sharing polling data with Mr. Kilimnik related to the 2016 presidential campaign".

The special counsel's office has released an affidavit by FBI agents detailing former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort's lies to federal prosecutors since he entered into a plea agreement with the special counsel in September.

But prosecutors did reveal some intriguing details about Manafort's dealings with investigators and the grand jury that could offer hints about where the Russian Federation probe is headed. But after his plea deal fell apart when prosecutors accused him of lying, Gates' usefulness increased. Mueller's team sought to delay sentencing for former White House National Security Adviser Michael Flynn four times. Manafort is scheduled to be sentenced by two separate judges, first next month for his eight financial fraud convictions then separately in March for charges to which he pleaded guilty. Russians backed by a powerful oligarch also at that time allegedly ran a propaganda campaign on American social media sites to influence voters in a way that would help Trump.

Cohen is set to appear before Congress after he pleaded guilty and was sentenced in December to three years in prison on multiple charges, including two campaign finance crimes tied to illicit payments made to silence women during the presidential campaign - crimes that prosecutors say Trump directed Cohen to commit. Gates also admitted to embezzling "several hundred thousand" dollars from Manafort.

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

Trump is facing investigations in Washington and NY.



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