Court filing: Ex-Trump aide Gates continues to cooperate

    FILE - In this Feb. 23, 2018, file photo, Rick Gates leaves federal court in Washington. (AP Photo/Jose Luis Magana, File)

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Rick Gates, a key cooperator in the special counsel's Russia investigation, is not ready to be sentenced because he's continuing to help with "several ongoing investigations."

    President Donald Trump waves as he walks on the South Lawn after stepping off Marine One at the White House, Sunday, March 10, 2019, in Washington. Trump is returning from a trip to Mar-a-Lago, in Palm Beach, Fla. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

    That's according to a new court filing in special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation. Gates is a central figure in not only the Mueller probe into Russian election interference but also federal investigations in New York into President Donald Trump's inaugural committee and foreign lobbying.

    It's unclear if the delay of Gates' sentencing is reflection of Mueller's timeline or the status of the other investigations.

    FILE - In this May 23, 2018 file photo, Paul Manafort, President Donald Trump's former campaign chairman, leaves the Federal District Court after a hearing in Washington. A judge has set a March 8, 2019, sentencing date for Manafort on his Virginia conviction for hiding millions of dollars from the IRS that he earned advising Ukrainian politicians.The order issued Thursday, Feb. 21 by U.S. District Judge T.S. Ellis III means Manafort will face sentencing in Virginia before he does in the District of Columbia. His sentencing in the District has already been set for March 13. (AP Photo/Jose Luis Magana, File)

    Gates pleaded guilty last year to conspiracy and false statement charges related to Ukrainian lobbying and political consulting he carried out with former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort.

    Manafort has been sentenced to more than seven years in prison.

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