New Gates attorney seen meeting at Mueller's office: report

New Gates attorney seen meeting at Mueller's office: report
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Richard Gates has hired a top white-collar attorney who was spotted at special counsel Robert MuellerRobert (Bob) Swan MuellerLewandowski says Mueller report was 'very clear' in proving 'there was no obstruction,' despite having 'never' read it Fox's Cavuto roasts Trump over criticism of network Mueller report fades from political conversation MORE’s office twice over the past week, CNN reported Tuesday.

Gates, a former business associate of former Trump campaign head Paul ManafortPaul John ManafortLewandowski refuses to say whether Trump has offered him a pardon Democrats return to a battered Trump Manafort's legal team argues NY prosecution constitutes double jeopardy MORE, has been charged in Mueller’s probe into Russia's election interference. CNN reported that he recently added top D.C. defense attorney Tom Green to his legal team.

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According to CNN, Green was seen at Mueller’s office two times last week, suggesting that Gates might be in negotiations with the special counsel.

The network noted that Green is not listed as an attorney for Gates in the court records, and works for a law firm different from that of the rest of the lawyers on Gates’s team.

Green declined to comment to CNN, as did Gates's primary lawyers, citing the gag order on the case.

The Hill has reached out to the special counsel’s office for comment. A spokesperson for the office declined to comment to CNN.

Gates pleaded not guilty in October to eight charges in the probe, including money laundering. Manafort also pleaded not guilty to charges in the same case.

Mueller has filed charges against four figures tied to President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump conversation with foreign leader part of complaint that led to standoff between intel chief, Congress: report Pelosi: Lewandowski should have been held in contempt 'right then and there' Trump to withdraw FEMA chief nominee: report MORE in his probe. Former national security adviser Michael Flynn and former Trump campaign staffer George PapadopoulosGeorge Demetrios PapadopoulosUS attorney recommends moving forward with charges against McCabe after DOJ rejects his appeal 10 declassified Russia collusion revelations that could rock Washington this fall Flynn, Papadopoulos to speak at event preparing 'social media warriors' for 'digital civil war' MORE have both pleaded guilty to charges from Mueller.

Both men are cooperating with the special counsel's office, and could be joined by Gates if he decides to strike a deal with the special counsel.

Gates's attorney Walter Mack said in court last month that federal prosecutors had warned him that more charges might be filed against Gates.

Gates was released from house arrest earlier this month.