The charges were brought on Thursday in a 32-count superseding indictment that accused Gates and Paul Manafort, the former Trump campaign chairman, of financial crimes related to tax and bank fraud. Gates was charged with 24 counts related to tax fraud, bank fraud, bank-fraud conspiracy, and failure to file reports of foreign bank and financial accounts.
Gates pleaded guilty on Friday to one count of conspiracy against the US and one count of making a false statement to federal investigators.
He and Manafort had also been charged in October with 12 counts including conspiracy against the US, conspiracy to launder money, being an unregistered agent of a foreign principal, making false and misleading statements, and failing to file reports of foreign bank and financial accounts.
Mueller’s office’s move to dismiss last week’s charges against Gates appear to be in step with the plea deal the former Trump adviser coordinated with the special counsel’s office, said Jens David Ohlin, a vice dean at Cornell Law School and an expert on criminal law.
Manafort has since maintained his innocence.