Mueller Dismisses Bank Fraud Charges Against Manafort’s Business Associate Rick Gates
On Tuesday, Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s team moved to officially dismiss bank fraud charges against Paul Manafort’s business associate Rick Gates after he pleaded guilty of tax fraud and money laundering, reports WaPo.
The Washington Post reports:
The special counsel investigating Russia’s interference in the 2016 election has moved to drop 22 tax and bank fraud charges against Rick Gates, a former top official in President Trump’s campaign.
The move was part of Gates’s agreement to plead guilty to conspiracy to defraud the United States and lying to the FBI.
The day before he admitted to the two charges in D.C. federal court, Gates was indicted in the Eastern District of Virginia along with former business partner Paul J. Manafort. The cases center around what prosecutors allege was a multi-year scheme by the pair to hide money from their work for a Ukrainian political party from American authorities.
They avoided paying taxes by disguising their payments as loans, according to the grand jury, hid money in foreign bank accounts and made false claims to banks to get real estate loans.
As part of the plea, Gates agreed to cooperate with special counsel Robert S. Mueller III’s probe regarding “any and all matters” deemed relevant to his investigation.
“Under the terms of the plea agreement, the government agreed that it would ‘move promptly to dismiss without prejudice the charges brought against [Gates] in the Eastern District of Virginia and [Gates] waives venue as to such charges in the event he breaches this Agreement,’” attorneys for the special counsel wrote in a court filing Tuesday.
Rick Gates joined the Trump campaign in early 2016 after Paul Manafort was brought on as Chairman.
Last week, Mueller hit Paul Manafort with a second indictment. Of course the charges brought against Manafort and Gates have NOTHING to do with Trump-Russia collusion during the 2016 presidential election.
Robert Mueller and his team of liberal hack lawyers are collecting fat paychecks off the backs of taxpayers to hunt for a crime that doesn’t even exist. Russian collusion isn’t even a crime.
Furthermore, Mueller’s indictment of 13 Russians who ran an online troll farm was all a publicity stunt to justify his salary and existence. The Russians will never even see the inside of a US court (if they even exist).
Mueller’s operation needs to be shut down and a Special Counsel needs to be appointed to investigate Mueller and the criminal cabal in the DOJ and FBI who promoted Hillary’s phony dossier.