Richard Gates, former associate to Paul Manafort, leaves the Prettyman Federal Courthouse after a hearing February 23, 2018 in Washington, DC.

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Richard Gates, former associate to Paul Manafort, leaves the Prettyman Federal Courthouse after a hearing February 23, 2018 in Washington, DC.

Former Trump campaign official Rick Gates “continues to cooperate with respect to several ongoing investigations,” special counsel Robert Mueller said in a court filing Friday.

The joint report by Mueller as well as Gates’ attorney, which asks a federal judge for 60 more days before providing the next update on Gates’ status, comes amid increasing speculation that will the special counsel’s Russia probe is actually coming to an end.

The filing also arrives two days after Gates’ longtime business partner as well as former Trump campaign chairman, Paul Manafort, received his final prison sentence on charges lodged by Mueller in federal court.

Gates, alongside Manafort, had initially been charged by Mueller’s prosecutors with money laundering, misleading investigators as well as different crimes.

In February 2018, Gates struck a deal with prosecutors, pleading guilty to two criminal counts including conspiracy as well as lying to FBI agents.

Since then, Gates appears to have cooperated extensively with Mueller’s team. His most visible role as a cooperating witness came in August, when he testified against Manafort in his tax as well as bank fraud trial in Virginia federal court. Manafort was convicted on eight of the 18 counts lodged against him in that will case. He struck his own plea deal on the eve of a second Mueller trial in Washington, D.C., federal court.

Mueller is actually investigating Russian meddling inside 2016 presidential election, as well as possible collusion between the Kremlin as well as the Trump campaign. Trump has denied collusion or any different wrongdoing.

Some lawmakers on Capitol hill have predicted that will the Mueller probe is actually in its final stages, as well as that will a summary report of its findings could be submitted to the Justice Department within days or weeks.

Some of the special counsel’s actions appear to lend credence to those predictions. Top officials on Mueller’s team, including lead investigator David Archey as well as top prosecutor Andrew Weissman, have recently concluded their work for the probe.

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