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) MuellerAn unquestioning press promotes Rep. Adam Schiff's book based on Russia fiction Senate Democrats urge Garland not to fight court order to release Trump obstruction memo Why a special counsel is guaranteed if Biden chooses Yates, Cuomo or Jones as AG 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 book set for August publication Accused spy's lawyers say plans to leave country were over Trump, not arrest Countering the ongoing Republican delusion 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 TrumpTrump lawyers to Supreme Court: Jan. 6 committee 'will not be harmed by delay' Two House Democrats announce they won't seek reelection DiCaprio on climate change: 'Vote for people that are sane' MORE in his probe. Former national security adviser Michael Flynn and former Trump campaign staffer George PapadopoulosGeorge Demetrios PapadopoulosTrump supporters show up to DC for election protest Trump pardons draw criticism for benefiting political allies Klobuchar: Trump 'trying to burn this country down on his way out' 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.