Special counsel Robert Mueller reportedly didn't need the former Trump campaign deputy chairman Rick Gates' cooperation against the former campaign chairman Paul Manafort.
Instead, Mueller wants to know what Gates knew about the Trump campaign's contacts with Russia during the 2016 US election.
Gates was a key player during pivotal moments in the campaign, and his vastly reduced plea deal indicates he has information of significant value for Mueller. The special counsel's scrutiny comes as Trump's legal team is angling to sidestep a face-to-face interview between Mueller and their client, who has shown a tendency to exaggerate the truth.
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Sheila Samples is an Oklahoma writer and a former civilian US Army Public Information Officer. She is a Managing Editor for OpEd News, and a regular contributor for a variety of Internet sites.