It has recently noted in some corners that the sudden and significant uptick in media buzz about Donald Trump’s associates being worried about the testimony of Rick Gates. This seemed oddly timed, considering that Gates pleaded guilty more than a month ago, and nothing significant had leaked about him since. Perhaps they’d been tipped off to something a bit early, because newly released court documents filed by Robert Mueller reveal that Gates has admitted that he and Paul Manafort were knowingly conspiring with a former Russian intelligence officer while they were running the Donald Trump campaign.
It was first shown in Mueller’s court filings against lawyer Alex van der Zwaan that a strange “Person A” was in communication with both Gates and Manafort. Mueller’s newest filing against van der Zwaan doesn’t reveal the person’s identity, but it confirms that Person A is a former Russian intel agent, and that Rick Gates and Paul Manafort knew that when they were talking with him in the general election, which lasted through October of 2016 – right before Election Day.
Manafort worked as the Trump campaign chairman for a portion of this period, and Rick Gates was a Donald Trump campaign deputy chairman for that whole time, meaning that they were both acting on Trump’s behalf. Person A is still unofficially working for the Russian intelligence community, meaning that the evil Trump campaign conspired with Russian agents to rig the election.
That’s treason. Mueller would have to legally prove that the Russian election rigging was an act of war to bring treason charges against these evil men, or he can just stick with the lighter peacetime charge, conspiracy against the United States. But in non-legal terms, Gates has confessed that he and Manafort committed treason on Trump’s behalf. What did Traitor Trump know, and when exactly did he know it? Read Mueller’s new court filing here.