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 MuellerSpeier says impeachment inquiry shows 'very strong case of bribery' by Trump Gowdy: I '100 percent' still believe public congressional hearings are 'a circus' Comey: Mueller 'didn't succeed in his mission because there was inadequate transparency' MORE’s office twice over the past week, CNN reported Tuesday.

Gates, a former business associate of former Trump campaign head Paul ManafortPaul John ManafortManafort sought to hurt Clinton 2016 campaign efforts in key states: NYT Ex-Trump campaign official testifies Stone gave updates on WikiLeaks email dumps Paul Manafort's former son-in-law sentenced to 9 years in prison for scamming Dustin Hoffman, others 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 TrumpButtigieg surges ahead of Iowa caucuses Biden leads among Latino Democrats in Texas, California Kavanaugh hailed by conservative gathering in first public speech since confirmation MORE in his probe. Former national security adviser Michael Flynn and former Trump campaign staffer George PapadopoulosGeorge Demetrios PapadopoulosThe Hill's Campaign Report: Red-state governors races pose test for Trump The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Better Medicare Alliance - Dems unveil impeachment measure; Vindman splits GOP George Papadopoulos launches campaign to run for Katie Hill's congressional seat 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.