Mueller asks for delay in Gates sentencing: filing

Mueller asks for delay in Gates sentencing: filing
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Former Trump campaign adviser Richard Gates is still cooperating with special counsel Robert MuellerRobert (Bob) Swan MuellerThe Hill's 12:30 Report: Trump orders more troops to Mideast amid Iran tensions Trump: Democrats just want Mueller to testify for a 'do-over' Graham: Mueller investigation a 'political rectal exam' MORE's investigation into possible collusion between the president's 2016 campaign and Russia, according to a Wednesday court filing that asks for Gates's sentencing to be delayed.

Gates in February pleaded guilty to two charges, conspiracy against the United States and making false statements to FBI agents as part of a deal with Mueller, and then was key witness in the criminal case against his former boss, ex-Trump campaign chairman Paul ManafortPaul John ManafortGovernment moves to seize Manafort's condo in Trump Tower Giuliani meets with former Ukrainian diplomat to get info on Dems Banker charged for allegedly approving Manafort loans for Trump job MORE.

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Manafort was convicted of on eight counts of bank and tax fraud in August and then struck a plea deal with Mueller last month to avert a second federal trial in D.C.

The joint filing by Mueller's office and Gates's lawyer suggests that Gates is aiding in the investigation on issues beyond just Manafort, according to Reuters.

It was not clear based on the filing which probes Gates is helping with.

Prosecutors and Gates’ lawyer also said in the filing that he was not ready for sentencing and asked a status-report to be postponed until mid-January.