Paul Manafort, former campaign manager for President Donald Trump, and a business associate, Rick Gates were indicted on 12 counts by a federal grand jury on Monday and the pair face steep criminal penalties if convicted.
When Manafort joined the Trump campaign, he brought Gates on board shortly thereafter.
As Manafort rose in the ranks, so did Gates, who took on a more prominent role after Lewandowski was fired. But his stock rose and fell with his business partner — after Manafort resigned in August 2016 amid questions about his Ukraine dealings, Gates’ role was diminished, and he later left the campaign.
Questions about Gates’ work in Ukraine continued to dog him even after Trump was inaugurated. Gates was a founding member of America First Policies, a pro-Trump advocacy group, but stepped down after about two months.
Gates was forced to leave amid another round of blistering headlines about Manafort, his longtime business partner and political ally, CNN reported at the time. Gates has denied any allegations of collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia, telling the Times in June that they were “totally ridiculous and without merit.”
Gates, according to a source, accompanied Trump ally Tom Barrack to the White House several times this year.