Will Mueller produce a case that the Trump campaign colluded with Russia, as some Democrats contend?
Or will a federal judge produce a case for prosecutorial overreach, as some Republicans suggest?
Special counsel Robert Mueller has moved to dismiss recently-unveiled charges against Rick Gates, who pleaded guilty last week in federal court in Washington.
Mueller’s office announced last Thursday that a federal grand jury in the Eastern District of Virginia had returned a new, 32-count indictment against Gates, and his longterm business partner Paul Manafort.
Shortly after noon Friday, Gates pled guilty to conspiracy against the United States and making a false statement. Gates — the fifth person to plead guilty as part of Mueller’s probe — also signaled his cooperation with the investigation.
Gates first pleaded not guilty to the eight count indictment returned by a federal grand jury in Washington in late October.
Manafort has also pleaded not guilty to the October charges in Washington, and was hit with new charges on Friday.
Manafort will be arraigned in Washington on Friday indictment, and in Virginia on Friday.