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Ex-Trump campaign official Rick Gates gets 45 days in jail

A judge on Tuesday sentences former Trump campaign official Rick Gates to 45 days in jail despite what she says is “extraordinary” cooperation with special counsel Robert Mueller’s Russia probe and other Justice Department investigations.

The jail sentence, which she says is 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.

AP

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