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Mueller, in U.S. court filing, says multiple probes continue

Mueller, in U.S. court filing, says multiple probes continue

Rick Gates, a former Trump campaign aide and key cooperator in the special counsel's Russian Federation probe, is not ready to be sentenced because he continues to help with "several ongoing investigations", prosecutors said in a court filing Friday.

Gates pleaded guilty in February 2018 to conspiracy and lying to the FBI, becoming one of the first targets to cooperate in Mueller's investigation. Reason being, he keeps cooperating with "several ongoing investigations".

Thus, implying probes arising from special counsel Robert Mueller's inspects into Russia's election intrusion remain active.

The continued cooperation of Gates, Manafort's former deputy, may also suggest that additional charges are coming against Manafort himself.

"The parties do not believe it is appropriate to commence with the sentencing process at this time", prosecutors and defense counsel wrote in the filing.

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The request marks the third time that two sides have asked the court to delay Gates' sentencing, citing his ongoing cooperation in the Russian Federation probe.

"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".

Mueller was appointed in May of 2017 to investigate Russian interference in the 2016 election and possible illegal coordination between the Trump campaign and Russia to tilt the race in Trump's favor.

That meeting, however, was "conspicuously absent" from the government's 800-page sentencing memo for the former Trump campaign chairman. Gates was a star witness in that case and testified against Manafort, who was sentenced by two judges to serve a total of 7.5 years in prison for financial fraud.

There was heavy speculation that Gates' cooperation would wind down this week, given the conclusion of the federal cases against his longtime partner Paul Manafort.