So perhaps this Russia investigation is not quite ready to wrap up, despite what the pundits are suggesting.
Courtesy of Reuters:
The U.S. Special Counsel’s Office on Friday asked a court to delay sentencing for U.S. President Donald Trump’s former deputy campaign chairman, Rick Gates, amid “ongoing investigations” stemming from the Russia investigation.
In a filing with the U.S. District Court in Washington, U.S. Special Counsel Robert Mueller cited Gates’ continued cooperation with multiple probes and asked permission to update the judge on the case again by May 14.
“Gates continues to cooperate with respect to several ongoing investigations, and accordingly the parties do not believe it is appropriate to commence the sentencing process at this time,” Mueller’s team said in the court filing.
Gates is one of several Trump advisers who have been charged or pleaded guilty to crimes stemming from the federal investigation into alleged Russian interference in the 2016 U.S. presidential election and possible collusion with Trump’s campaign.
Gates was the longtime business partner of Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort, who faces more than seven years in prison for financial and conspiracy crimes after sentencing this week in a separate case in federal court in Washington.
Rick Gates was uniquely positioned to soak up all kinds of potentially useful information for investigators and I think he was instrumental in helping prosecutors build a case against his old pal Paul Manafort.
Clearly, he has much more to share.
We should also keep in mind that the Mueller investigation is financed through September of this year. (Link)
I personally think that if we see a report from Mueller soon that it will not signal the end of the probe but will rather be a report revealing what they have learned up to now, that will not endanger the investigation as it moves forward.
It will not be comprehensive, but rather simply be used to justify the need for further investigation.
Don’t get me wrong, I think we will learn some troubling things about Trump and his campaign, but I do not think we will learn everything.
At least not yet.