A judge on Tuesday sentenced former Trump campaign official Rick Gates to 45 days in jail despite what she said was “extraordinary" cooperation with special counsel Robert Mueller's Russia probe and other Justice Department investigations, per the AP. The jail sentence, which the judge said was needed to reflect the seriousness of his crimes, is to be served intermittently during three years of probation. Prosecutors didn't seek prison time for Gates, who pleaded guilty in February 2018 to charges relating to lucrative political consulting work he did in Ukraine. They cited Gates' cooperation, which included testifying in three trials and more than 50 meetings with prosecutors. He shook hands warmly with a prosecutor from Mueller's team before the hearing began.
US District Judge Amy Berman Jackson commended Gates for his cooperation, but she also scolded him for years of financial crimes and deception that continued even after he had agreed to plead guilty and cooperate. She said it was “hard to overstate the number of lies" and the amount of fraud involved in the case. "All of it," the judge said, "has to factor into the sentence." Gates is one of a half-dozen associates of President Trump charged in Mueller's investigation into ties between the Trump campaign and Russia. All six have either pleaded guilty or been found guilty at trial. The three who have already been sentenced have all received prison time. Two others, former national security adviser Michael Flynn and Trump confidant Roger Stone, await sentencing. (Gates was once Paul Manafort's right-hand man.)