Former Trump campaign aide Rick Gates sentenced to 45 days in jail

Brendan Morrow

Rick Gates, President Trump's former campaign aide, has just been sentenced to 45 days in jail.

Gates' sentencing came Tuesday after he pleaded guilty in 2018 to lying to the FBI and conspiracy to conceal income earned from his and former Trump campaign chair Paul Manafort's work lobbying for Ukraine, The Washington Post reports. In addition to 45 days in jail, he was also sentenced to 36 months probation and must pay a $20,000 fine and complete 300 hours of community service, CBS News reports. He'll be able to serve his sentence on weekends.

Gates, who was the Trump's campaign's deputy chair, reached an agreement to cooperate with Special Counsel Robert Mueller's investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election, and Assistant U.S. Attorney Molly Gaston said this month that he "worked earnestly to provide the government with everything it has asked of him and has fulfilled all obligations under his plea agreement." He testified in Manafort's trial, as well as the trial of former Trump adviser Roger Stone.

Judge Amy Berman Jackson said Tuesday that Gates has "in a very real way accepted responsibility for his actions," and "he's been at this long enough and under such onerous circumstances that one can believe in the transformation," The Daily Beast reports.

CBS News notes that Gates was one of six Trump associates charged in connection to the Mueller probe, while The Washington Post's Aaron Blake notes that Trump's associates "have now been sentenced to nearly 11 combined years in prison since he became president."

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