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Former Trump campaign aide Gates still cooperating on 'several' ongoing probes, Mueller says

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Former Trump campaign aide Richard Gates is still cooperating with federal prosecutors on "several ongoing investigations," special counsel Robert Mueller said in a joint filing with Gates's attorneys Friday.

Lawyers on both sides are asking a federal judge to further postpone the sentencing date due to his ongoing cooperation in several unnamed probes, adding further mystery to the information that Gates is providing to federal investigators.

Gates, Paul Manafort's ex-business partner and President Trump's former deputy campaign chairman, has been cooperating in Mueller's investigation for more than a year. However, it remains unclear what other investigations he may be assisting in.

a man wearing a suit and tie: Former Trump campaign aide Gates still cooperating on 'several' ongoing probes, Mueller says © Camille Fine Former Trump campaign aide Gates still cooperating on 'several' ongoing probes, Mueller says Gates was indicted alongside Manafort in October 2017 on charges stemming from their lobbying work for pro-Russian politicians in Ukraine.

He pleaded guilty to a conspiracy charge and to making false statements to the FBI and the special counsel's office in February 2018 as part of a deal to cooperate in Mueller's investigation.

Mueller's prosecutors have repeatedly requested delays in Gates' sentencing, signaling he is still cooperating with federal prosecutors. Their last status report was filed in mid-January.

"To date, the status of this matter has not changed substantially since the January 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," Friday's joint filing, which was due by midnight, states.

The parties asked to submit their next status report on or before May 14.

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