[From the Statement of the Offence](https://assets.documentcloud.org/documents/4386516/Gates-Statement-Offense.pdf
) (.pdf, see page 7) he lied to Mueller's team *during a proffer session*.
He lied to the FBI during a session he was supposed to be telling them everything he could to prove his value as a cooperating witness and during which his statements couldn't be used against him in court.
There is a damned good chance that had he not lied he would have only been pleading to a single charge today. One utterly pointless lie may have doubled any jail time. EDIT: Re-reading the sentencing guideline section the 1001 violation (lying to a federal official) isn't increasing the suggested sentence due to the guidelines on combining different counts.
The lies were told on the same day his court attorneys requested to withdraw from the case.
He is damned lucky he is still getting such a good deal. Under the [plea agreement](https://assets.documentcloud.org/documents/4386515/Gates-Plea-Agreement.pdf
) (.pdf) he is going to have all other charges dropped. Of course, this is conditional on his continuing cooperation, which he hasn't shown much talent for so far.
"There's a good chance I may have committed some light treason..."
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Just an FYI, Rick Gates wasn't a coffee boy.
Rick Gates is regularly described as Manafort's right-hand-man or Manafort's protege. He was also:
- Deputy chair of Trump's campaign
- A Trump aide even after Manafort was ousted
- Deputy chair of Trump's inaugural committee
- Co-founder of Trump-blessed America First nonprofit
Mueller sure isn't fucking around. Gates initially wanted to fight this thing out against the better advice of his lawyers but seeing what Mueller was piling up to throw at him, he was forced to have a rethink.
He is looking at maybe 6 years at most. But compared to how long Mueller would have put him away for, he is getting off lightly. Paul Manafort on the other hand, is really going to get the book thrown at him. I can't for the life of me figure why he is still holding out.
Det. Lester Freamon: You follow drugs, you get drug addicts and drug dealers. But you start to follow the money, and you don't know where the fuck it's gonna take you.
Conspiracy Against the United States? 6 years or less. Possession of marijuana? 15 years to life.
*Gates said that despite his "initial desire to vigorously defend myself," he has had a "change of heart" in order to protect his family,*
*Gates plead guilty to the possibility of being sentenced to up to 57 to 71 months.*
He has young kids, 5 years away would sound a heck of a lot better than 30.
So the deputy to Trump's campaign manager, who continued to be actively involved in the campaign all the way through the inauguration, just pled *down* to Conspiracy against the United States.
Sorry officer. I didn't know I couldn't do that.
does this guilty plea mean he took a deal?