Rick Gates arrives at federal court in Washington, Friday, Feb. 23, 2018. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)
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A former top adviser to President Donald Trump's election campaign pleaded guilty Friday to federal conspiracy and false statements charges in the special counsel's Russia investigation.The plea by Rick Gates was a strong indication that he is planning to cooperate with special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation as it continues to probe the Trump campaign, Russian election interference and Gates' longtime business associate, Paul Manafort.Gates' plea came a day after a federal grand jury in Virginia returned a 32-count indictment against him and Manafort, Trump's former campaign chairman, accusing them of tax evasion and bank fraud.Gates' decision marks the fifth publicly known guilty plea in the special counsel probe into possible collusion between the Trump campaign and the Kremlin during the 2016 campaign.
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