Ex-Trump aide Rick Gates expected to plead guilty in Russia probe

Former Trump campaign adviser Rick Gates is expected to plead guilty in special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation into possible ties between Russia and the Trump campaign. The revelations of Gates' plea comes after attorneys for Gates requested to withdraw from the case.

Gates had reached the point in his case at which he must decide whether or not to pursue a plea deal. The fact that three experienced trial attorneys wanted off the case suggested at the time that Gates may be pursuing a plea deal. The attorneys remain under a gag order by the court.

Both Gates and ex-Trump ex-campaign chairman Paul Manafort were indicted for money laundering, conspiracy against the U.S. and other charges.

As part of the plea deal, Gates has agreed to testify against Manafort and will plead guilty to fraud related charges, according to the Los Angeles Times.

Gates can expect "a substantial reduction in his sentence," to likely about 18 months in prison if he cooperates with the investigation. He is also likely going to have to forfeit any cash or valuables obtained through his alleged illegal activity.

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