It seems that Special Counsel Robert Mueller has been on the trail of a Russian spy and contacts with former Trump campaign deputy Rick Gates. The CNN coverage of this news leads you to believe that there is a real smoking gun here that points to and proves Russian collusion to affect the outcome of the election. In this article by Byron York of the Washington Examiner, we back the truck up a bit and take a closer look at what is really known. This is a case study in CNN spinning the news. Read and learn about more Fake News right here, right now.
As Written and Reported By Byron York for the Washington Examiner:
“CNN has learned why special counsel Robert Mueller wants the cooperation of former Trump campaign deputy Rick Gates,” anchor Alisyn Camerota said Friday. “Court documents indicate that Gates could be critical to nabbing even bigger fish in a collusion case involving the Kremlin.”
Reporter Shimon Prokupecz said the Mueller team “has been primarily using Rick Gates for information about what they call the central mission of the investigation, which has been Russian interference and collusion in the 2016 campaign.” Gates pleaded guilty in February to charges unrelated to collusion and is now cooperating with Mueller.
Prokupecz said he had learned Mueller did not need Gates’ cooperation in the tax evasion and fraud case against former employer (and short-lived Trump campaign chairman) Paul Manafort. “Instead, [Mueller] wanted to hear about what he knew about contacts between the Trump campaign and Russians.” A “hint” about Mueller’s intentions, Prokupecz said, was contained in a new court filing that “shows Gates was communicating with a Russian intelligence official who was also a close associate of Paul Manafort, and the court document said that Gates knew of this connection while he was working for the Trump campaign.”
“What kind of information could Gates have?” asked…..
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