Plea suggests he is likely to cooperate with special counsel’s investigation
.. Richard Gates —a former Trump campaign official who was indicted by Special Counsel Robert Mueller on tax-related charges—is expected to plead guilty as soon as Friday afternoon as part of a deal that will likely ensure his cooperation in Mr. Mueller’s investigation
.. it almost certainly means Mr. Gates would testify in any trial of his close business associate Paul Manafort
Mr. Gates’ expected guilty plea comes after two others Trump associates have admitted to criminal wrongdoing
.. As recently as two days ago, Mr. Gates has told associates he did not expect to plead guilty
.. Democratic leaders probably have the license to cooperate with Mr. Trump on raising the debt ceiling, funding government and improving infrastructure, and on some trade matters. But the party base figures to rise up against the kind of large-scale tax cut and defense-spending increases Mr. Trump envisions and revolt if he doesn’t agree to extend legal status for “Dreamers,” immigrants brought to the U.S. as young children.