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Report: Extensive financial ties between Rick Gates and Elliott Broidy

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Trump campaign aide Rick Gates, center, departs federal court in
Washington, Monday, Dec. 11, 2017.

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  • Elliott Broidy, a top Republican fundraiser, reportedly
    paid Rick Gates, the former deputy chairman of President Donald
    Trump’s campaign, at least $125,000 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 $125,000 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 favor, and whether Trump sought to obstruct
justice when he fired FBI director James Comey last year.


Elliott Broidy
Elliott
Broidy, in 2008.

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Wallenberg Committee of the United States via
AP


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 $20,000 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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