New report details extensive financial ties between Rick Gates and a top Republican fundraiser

  • Elliott Broidy, a top Republican fundraiser, reportedly paid Rick Gates, the former deputy chairman of President Donald Trump’s campaign, at least $US125,000 for advice and business insight.
  • Gates was indicted in October as part of the special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election.
  • The information was obtained from a batch of hacked emails that were provided to several news outlets by an anonymous individual or group that was opposed to his work in Washington for foreign governments.

Elliott Broidy, a top Republican fundraiser, paid Rick Gates, the former deputy chairman of President Donald Trump’s campaign, at least $US125,000 for advice and insight about his business, appointments for his associates, and the Trump administration’s foreign policy, The New York Times reported Tuesday.

Gates and his longtime mentor, former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort, were indicted in October as part of the special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election. Mueller is also investigating whether members of the Trump campaign colluded with Moscow to tilt the race in his favour, and whether Trump sought to obstruct justice when he fired FBI director James Comey last year.

Gates pleaded guilty to conspiracy and lying to the FBI, and is now cooperating with prosecutors. Manafort pleaded not guilty and is currently incarcerated while awaiting trial in two separate cases.

The Times said it obtained information about Broidy’s previously undisclosed financial ties from a batch of hacked emails that were provided to several news outlets by an anonymous individual or group that was opposed to his work in Washington for foreign governments.

In addition to Broidy, the report also said that Colony NorthStar, a company headed by Trump’s close friend and billionaire investor Tom Barrack Jr., had paid Gates $US20,000 a month after Trump’s inauguration. The payments reportedly stopped after Gates was indicted in October.

Broidy’s payments, meanwhile, began in March 2017 and went on until at least July, according to the report. Documents and emails reviewed by The Times indicated Gates also submitted at least one invoice to Broidy after he was indicted.

Gates’ relevance in the Russia probe stems primarily from his activities while working with Manafort.

The two men met nearly three decades ago while he was an intern at Black, Manafort, Stone, Kelly – one of the most powerful lobbying firms in DC. Manafort left the firm the same year Gates joined, but they reunited in 2006 at Manafort’s new consulting company, Davis Manafort.

Two years later, Gates took over the company’s affairs in Eastern Europe, flying to London, Paris, and Moscow, where he met with potential business partners to develop deals and negotiate contracts, according to The Times.

Gates’ Russia trips frequently included meetings with associates of Oleg Deripaska, a wealthy Russian-Ukrainian oligarch closely allied with Russian President Vladimir Putin.

Gates joined the Trump campaign in early 2016, when Manafort became the campaign chairman, and worked under him as his deputy. Manafort was forced to step down as Trump’s campaign chairman in August 2016, but Gates stayed and worked on Trump’s transition team.

The Times reports that Gates’ hopes of running a successful consulting business in Washington were eventually dashed as Mueller began to focus more closely on him late last year.

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