Rick Gates is an American former political consultant and lobbyist who pleaded guilty to conspiracy against the United States and making false statements in the investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 United States elections. He is a longtime business associate of Paul Manafort and served as deputy to Manafort when the latter was campaign manager of the Donald Trump presidential campaign in 2016, and after under Kellyanne Conway.
Gates is the son of retired U.S. Army Lieutenant Colonel Richard W. Gates Jr., who is also the founder and CEO of the Gates Group International, a management and information technology firm based in Prince George County, Virginia.
After graduating from Prince George High School since 1990, Gates graduated from the College of William & Mary (since 1994) with a degree in government. Gates was a member of the Sigma Chi fraternity in college. Later, he earned a Master of Public Policy degree from George Washington University.
Moreover, he worked with Republican lobbyist Rick Davis, eventually going to work for the two business partners in 2006 at their new consulting firm, Davis Manafort, with an office in Kiev, Ukraine. Together, they were instrumental in brokering a meeting between McCain and Deripaska in 2006.
Russia investigation on Indictment and arrest
The twelve-count indictment charges the two men with conspiracy against the United States, making false statements. Similarly, money laundering, and failing to register as foreign agents for Ukraine that was as required by the Foreign Agents Registration Act. Further, the charges arise from his consulting work for a pro-Russian government in Ukraine and are unrelated to the Trump campaign. Additionally, Manafort and Gates surrendered to the FBI on October 30, 2017, and at a court hearing both chose to plead not guilty.
In December 2019, Federal prosecutors said they would not oppose a sentence of probation, citing his “extraordinary assistance”. Additionally, in cases that led to the convictions of associates of President Donald Trump, even after receiving “pressure not to cooperate … including assurances of monetary assistance.” The judge took into account years of financial crimes. Similarly, deception that continued even after he had agreed to plead guilty and cooperate.
In 1995, Gates tied a knot to Sarah Garnett. They have four children.
- Full Name: Richard William Gates III
- Date of Birth: April 27, 1972
- Age: 47 years
- Birth Place: East Coast of the United States, United States
- Spouse: Sarah Brooke Gates
- Children: 4
- Political party: Republican
- Criminal charge(s): Conspiracy against the United States and making false statements since the 2017 Special Counsel investigation
- And Criminal penalty: 45 days, 300 hours of community service, $20,000 fine
- Criminal status: Incarcerated
- Education: George Washington University ( since 1994), Prince George High School, William & Mary
- Parents: Richard W. Gates, Jr., Patricia Gates
- Net Worth: N/A
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