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Rick Gates Reportedly Plans To Plead Guilty Within The Next Week

The Los Angeles Times reports the former Trump campaign aide will plead guilty to fraud-related charges "within the next few days."
Posted at 8:56 AM, Feb 19, 2018

A former Trump campaign aide has reportedly agreed to plead guilty to fraud-related charges and testify against former Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort. 

That's according to the Los Angeles Times, which reported Sunday that Rick Gates will change his plea "within the next few days."

In October, Gates and Manafort were indicted on a slew of charges, including conspiracy against the United States, conspiracy to launder money and making false statements. Both pleaded not guilty at the time.

The Times' report comes just a few days after CNN first reported Gates was finalizing a plea deal with special counsel Robert Mueller's office. 

An unnamed political consultant told the Times that if Gates cooperates with Mueller's investigation, he could see "a substantial reduction in his sentence." 

Additional reporting from Newsy affiliate CNN