Whether the public will ever get to see the entire Mueller report got even murkier yesterday after newfound Trump loyalist Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) blocked the House vote to make the Mueller Report public. But the investigation appears to have gotten even more attention after Special Prosecutor Mueller pushed back the sentencing of key witness, Rick Gates by two months.
While many are wondering just when Special Counsel Robert Mueller will finally be ready to wrap up his investigation, he has announced that former Trump campaign deputy chairman Gates is not ready to be sentenced. Reason being, he keeps cooperating with “several ongoing investigations.”
Here’s a look at Friday’s single page filing:
“The parties previously filed a Joint Status Report on January 15, 2019 and proposed to send an ensuing report within sixty days and no later than March 15, 2019. To date, the status of this matter has not change substantially since the November report, as defendant Gates continues to cooperate with respect to several ongoing investigations, and accordingly the parties do not believe it is appropriate to commence the sentencing process at this time,” reads the filing
Gates, a former associate of the doubly sentenced Paul Manafort, has was an instrumental witness during Manafort’s Eastern District of Virginia trial. What makes Gates even more important is that he might have information for Mueller about Manafort’s lies in breach of a plea deal. It seems quite clear that Gates is being quite helpful and, most likely, assisting Mueller with the investigation into President Trump’s inauguration. After all, Gates was the Inaugural Committee’s deputy chair.
The continued cooperation of Gates, Manafort’s former deputy, may also suggest that additional charges are coming against Manafort himself.