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- Former Trump adviser Rick Gates is publishing an inside account of the 2016 campaign and the special counsel’s investigation of the president and his campaign.
- Gates’ book titled “Wicked Game” is set to publish Oct. 13, shortly before the election.
- “In Wicked Game, Rick lifts the veil to detail exactly what happened behind the operations of the Mueller probe, providing the first major account from an insider indicted in the investigation,” Gates’ publisher wrote in promotional material.
- Gates received a lenient sentence of 45 days in jail and 3 years of probation from a federal judge for his extensive cooperation with federal prosecutors investigating possible ties between the Kremlin and President Donald Trump’s 2016 campaign.
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Rick Gates, the former adviser to President Donald Trump, and one of the star witnesses in special counsel Robert Mueller’s probe of Russia’s meddling in the 2016 election has written an inside account of his rollercoaster ride through one of the most chaotic stretches in American politics, Insider has learned.
Gates’ book, “Wicked Game: An Insider’s Account of How Trump Won, Mueller Failed, and America Lost,” is set to publish on Oct. 13, just a few weeks before the election.
In 2018, Gates pleaded guilty to two counts of conspiracy against the US and to lying to federal agents as part of the investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 election. He admitted to helping his longterm associate and former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort to hide $75 million in illicit funds that were moved through foreign bank accounts. Manafort is serving a 7½-year sentence.
Gates was sentenced in December to 45 days in jail, three years of probation, and a $20,000 fine, a fairly lenient sentence he received for cooperating with prosecutors.
In the book, which Insider has not read, Gates promises to reveal more of the inner workings of Mueller’s investigation, which ensnared Trump and his top advisers through the first two years of this administration.
“In Wicked Game, Rick lifts the veil to detail exactly what happened behind the operations of the Mueller probe, providing the first major account from an insider indicted in the investigation,” wrote Gates’ publisher Post Hill Press, which distributes through Simon and Schuster.
Gates did not immediately respond to a request for comment Friday afternoon.
Gates became a star witness for Mueller’s investigation in 2018 shortly after being was arrested along with Manafort. Gates provided eye witness testimony for prosecutors, including detailing Trump’s calls with his close ally Roger Stone through the summer of 2016. Stone was sentenced to 40 months in federal prison before Trump commuted his sentence last month.
Gates also told investigators that Vice President Mike Pence advised Trump to fire then-national security adviser Gen. Michael Flynn for lying to him about his contact with former Russian ambassador to the United States Sergey Kislyak. Flynn is still facing a lengthy legal battle.
In their sentencing memo filed in December, prosecutors said Gates had provided “extraordinary assistance” throughout their investigation. He spoke with them 50 times and testified in three different criminal trials stemming from Mueller’s probe.
US District Court Judge Amy Berman Jackson, who has drawn the ire of numerous Trump advisers and confidants, including Stone, praised Gates at his sentencing last year for providing crucial information to investigators.
“He didn’t come across as some kind of bought-and-paid-for puppet,” she said.
As a top-level aide, first on the 2016 campaign and then later on Trump’s political efforts outside the White House, Gates had easy access to the president and his senior aides for more than a year.
Unlike other top-level allies who have since fallen out with Trump, including former personal lawyer Michael Cohen and former national security adviser John Bolton, Gates appears to retain some loyalty to the president.