Reprinted with permission from AlterNet.
A former top aide to President Donald Trump appeared in court Monday as a cooperating witness in special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation.
Rick Gates, who served on Trump’s campaign and on his inaugural committee, testified against Paul Manafort, who was campaign chairman. Gates and Manafort were also long-time business associates, and Gates flipped on his former ally when the two were indicted by the special counsel for a variety of financial crimes, including tax and bank fraud.
Since he was high-level Trump staffer who is now cooperating with Mueller, Gates’ testimony was highly anticipated and seen as key evidence in the case against Manafort.…