Last month, it was Mike Flynn cutting a plea deal with Special Counsel Robert Mueller. Then, Steve Bannon was a cooperating witness, and then Attorney General Jeff Sessions was interviewed by Robert Mueller and reportedly infuriated Trump because he wouldn’t tell Trump what he told Mueller.
The dominos are falling into place exactly as Robert Mueller intends as more and more people are being questioned, indicted, and striking deals as the investigation unfolds, which brings us to where we are today: Yet another player in the Trump-Russia scandal is reportedly cooperating.
When Robert Mueller arrested Trump’s former campaign chairman Paul Manafort, Mueller also went ahead and arrested Manafort’s aide Rick Gates. It has been several months since Manafort and Gates were arrested, which has given them ample time to craft a defense as they await trial.
As any good prosecutor would do, Mueller wanted to get Gates to flip on Manafort, which would start the waterfall of others following suit, including even perhaps getting Manafort to flip on Trump. It looks like that plan is working.
CNN is now reporting that Rick Gates has signaled a major shift with his legal team that indicates he may be negotiating a plea deal with Robert Mueller.
Former Trump campaign aide Rick Gates has quietly added a prominent white-collar attorney, Tom Green, to his defense team, signaling that Gates’ approach to his not-guilty plea could be changing behind the scenes.
Green, a well-known Washington defense lawyer, was seen at special counsel Robert Mueller’s office twice last week. CNN is told by a source familiar with the matter that Green has joined Gates’ team.
Green isn’t listed in the court record as a lawyer in the case and works for a large law firm separate from Gates’ primary lawyers.
Green’s involvement suggests that there is an ongoing negotiation between the defendant’s team and the prosecutors. At this stage, with Gates’ charges filed and bail set, talks could concern the charges and Gates’ plea. The defense and prosecution are currently working together on discovery of evidence.
If Gates finalizes a plea deal with Robert Mueller, don’t be surprised if Manafort turns right around and flips on someone very senior in the Trump administration. Manafort will have no shot at winning in a trial after being given up by Gates, so his monetization to flip for Mueller will be extremely high.
Expect a major bombshell or two in the coming weeks as Mueller gets closer and closer to uncovering and revealing what he’s found. It’ll make Hillary’s emails look like the nothing-burger that it always was.