"Gates continues to cooperate on several ongoing investigations, and accordingly, the parties do not consider it appropriate to initiate the conviction proceedings at this time," the file said. She pointed out that the situation has not changed since the previous update in January.
Faced with the completion of federal trials against longtime partner Paul Manafort, there has been much speculation that Gates' cooperation will be terminated this week. Gates was a star witness in this case and testified against Manafort, who was sentenced by two judges for money fraud to a total of 7.5 years in prison.
The deposit suggests that Gates beyond Manafort could still be helpful and that there are investigators who still use Gates & # 39; want cooperation. Whether miller or prosecutor in the southern district of New York or elsewhere, is not very clear. If Gates was no longer needed, the parties would probably have set a conviction time.
The filing is on the evidence that Müller is finishing his work and is presenting his final report to Attorney General William Barr on his investigation of Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election. This report could be completed even if the investigation continues elsewhere, including in the southern district of New York.
Gates pleaded guilty in February 2018 for plotting his lobbying with Manafort in Ukraine. Since then, Müller's team has delayed the judge five times while helping with the investigation.