Saturday 19 October 2019

Mueller asks for delay amid 'ongoing' probes


Special Counsel Robert Mueller. Photo: Reuters
Special Counsel Robert Mueller. Photo: Reuters

Susan Heavey

The US Special Counsel's Office yesterday asked a court to delay sentencing for US President Donald Trump's former deputy campaign chairman Rick Gates amid "ongoing investigations" stemming from the Russia investigation.

In a filing with the US District Court in Washington, Special Counsel Robert Mueller cited Gates's continued co-operation with multiple probes and asked permission to update the judge on the case by May 14.

"Gates continues to co-operate with respect to several ongoing investigations, and accordingly the parties do not believe it is appropriate to commence the sentencing process at this time," Mr Mueller's team said.

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 US presidential election and possible collusion with Mr Trump's campaign.

Gates pleaded guilty in February 2018 to conspiracy against the United States and lying to investigators.

Trump has said there was no collusion between his campaign and Moscow, and has characterised the Mueller probe as a "witch hunt".

Irish Independent

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