Who is Rick Gates and why was he indicted by Robert Mueller?

  • Debbie Lord, Cox Media Group National Content Desk
3:47 p.m Monday, Oct. 30, 2017 Nation World

President Donald Trump’s former campaign chairman Paul Manafort and Manafort’s long-time business associate Rick Gates, have been indicted by a federal grand jury on 12 felony charges.

Manafort and Gates both surrendered to the FBI in Washington. They heard the charges against them read in court on Monday.

Among other charges, the indictment claims the two acted as "unregistered agents" of a Ukrainian political party that had pro-Russian interests, laundered money made in Russia and the Ukraine and failed to report earnings made overseas.

Manafort was a political consultant and lobbyist before he rose to the national stage when he chaired Trump’s run for president for five months. 

Gates, on the other hand, was less well known. Who is Gates and why is he included in the indictment? Here’s what we know about him.