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Former Trump associate Rick Gates has been sentenced to 45 days in jail, 3 years probation, and a $20,000 fine

Former Trump associate Rick Gates has been sentenced to 45 days in jail, 3 years probation, and a $  20,000 fineSentencing guidelines recommended several years for the types of crimes Gates pleaded guilty to, but the judge noted he cooperated extensively.



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Judge sentences ex-Trump campaign aide Gates to probation and 45 days in jail

Judge sentences ex-Trump campaign aide Gates to probation and 45 days in jailA federal judge sentenced U.S. President Donald Trump’s former deputy campaign chairman Rick Gates to serve an intermittent term of 45 days in jail and 36 months of probation, saying that while she was moved by his extensive cooperation with prosecutors, she still felt some punishment was in order. U.S. District Judge Amy Berman Jackson said she had struggled for some time with how to sentence Gates, who met with investigators more than 50 times and helped the government secure convictions of Republican operatives Paul Manafort and Roger Stone after he pleaded guilty in February 2018 to lying to the FBI and the special counsel’s office and conspiring against the United States.



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U.S. Backs Leniency for Gates, Citing ‘Extraordinary’ Help

U.S. Backs Leniency for Gates, Citing ‘Extraordinary’ Help(Bloomberg) — Former Trump campaign aide Rick Gates deserves leniency for his “extraordinary assistance” with offshoots of Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s Russia investigation, the government told a judge just days before his sentencing.Prosecutors said in a court filing Tuesday that they don’t oppose Gates’s request for probation. They also said that Gates deserved praise for standing up to powerful people and weathering “intense media scrutiny.” They wrote, without providing specifics, that “Gates received pressure not to cooperate with the U.S. government, including assurances of monetary assistance.”Gates was a critical witness in Mueller’s investigation of Russian election interference. He was the star prosecution witness in the trial of his former boss Paul Manafort, who was convicted of bank and tax fraud, and he testified against Trump ally Roger Stone and former Obama White House counsel Greg Craig. Gates met with investigators more than 50 times, prosecutors said.But prosecutors also noted Gates’s many crimes.“Gates did not commit crimes only with Manafort,” they wrote. “On a far smaller scale, he also committed crimes on his own and for his own benefit. He failed to report more than $ 3 million in income on his tax returns over several years, failed to disclose his own foreign bank accounts, and stole approximately several hundred thousand dollars from Manafort’s overseas accounts.”Gates also engaged in mortgage fraud by overstating his income, submitted false reimbursement vouchers to employers, and participated in an investment-fraud scheme with a man charged in Manhattan, they said.Gates was Manafort’s right-hand man in his political consulting firm and worked with him for a decade before joining him on President Donald Trump’s campaign. Manafort is serving a 7 1/2-year prison sentence for financial fraud.Indicted in 2017 with Manafort, who was Trump’s 2016 campaign chairman, Gates later pleaded guilty to conspiring with Manafort to hide their work as unregistered foreign agents and to conceal his former boss’s offshore bank accounts.Gates’s lawyers asked U.S. District Judge Amy Berman Jackson to sentence him to probation in a late Monday court filing. He said he accepted responsibility “in every way possible.” He will be sentenced on Dec. 17.Read MoreGates Says He Stole, Lied and Cheated But Trust Him AnywayTrump Hovers Over Stone Trial in Testimony on Clinton LeaksEx-Trump Campaign Aide Gates Testifies in Trial of Gregory Craig(Updates with prosecutors’ praise of Gates in second paragraph)To contact the reporter on this story: Andrew Harris in federal court in Washington at aharris16@bloomberg.netTo contact the editors responsible for this story: David Glovin at dglovin@bloomberg.net, David S. JoachimFor more articles like this, please visit us at bloomberg.com©2019 Bloomberg L.P.



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Elizabeth Warren challenges Bill Gates on 'wealth tax'

Elizabeth Warren challenges Bill Gates on 'wealth tax'Democratic presidential hopeful Elizabeth Warren offered to meet Bill Gates after the Microsoft billionaire expressed skepticism about her proposal for a “wealth tax” affecting the richest Americans — and assured him he would not have to pay $ 100 billion. Gates would pay $ 6.37 billion from a net worth of $ 107 billion, according to the calculator, slightly less than the $ 6.697 billion that would be owed by Amazon co-founder Jeff Bezos.



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Elizabeth Warren willing to show Bill Gates how much she'd tax him: 'I promise it's not $100 billion'

Elizabeth Warren willing to show Bill Gates how much she'd tax him: 'I promise it's not $  100 billion'Bill Gates joked on Wednesday that "when you say I should pay $ 100 billion, OK, then I'm starting to do a little math about what I have left over."



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Bill Gates addressed his multiple meetings with Jeffrey Epstein: 'I made a mistake in judgment'

Bill Gates addressed his multiple meetings with Jeffrey Epstein: 'I made a mistake in judgment'Bill Gates addressed his ties to Jeffrey Epstein Wednesday, saying that he "made a mistake in judgement" by associating with the convicted sex offender.



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Elizabeth Warren offers to explain her wealth tax to Bill Gates

Elizabeth Warren offers to explain her wealth tax to Bill GatesThe billionaire balked at Warren’s tax policies during a conference on Wednesday, prompting a response from the Democratic candidateElizabeth Warren tweeted at Bill Gates: ‘I’m always happy to meet with people, even if we have different views.’ Photograph: Jack Kurtz/Zuma Wire/Rex/ShutterstockElizabeth Warren, who has welcomed, and even rejoiced in the ire of billionaires who oppose her plans to tax the wealthy, can now count the second richest person in the world among her skeptics.Speaking at the New York Times DealBook conference on Wednesday, Bill Gates balked at Warren’s tax policies. “I’ve paid over $ 10bn in taxes. I’ve paid more than anyone in taxes,” he said. “If I had to pay $ 20bn, it’s fine.” “But when you say I should pay $ 100bn, then I’m starting to do a little math over what I have left over.”Warren, who has proposed a 6% tax on wealth over 10 figures, reassured Gates that he wouldn’t have to pay $ 100bn, and offered to meet with him to explain.> I'm always happy to meet with people, even if we have different views. @BillGates, if we get the chance, I'd love to explain exactly how much you'd pay under my wealth tax. (I promise it's not $ 100 billion.) t.co/m6G20hDNaV> > — Elizabeth Warren (@ewarren) November 7, 2019At the conference, Gates had said, “I’m not sure how open-minded she is – or that she’d even be willing to sit down with somebody who has large amounts of money.”Warren responded: “I’m always happy to meet with people, even if we have different views.”Despite being a vocal critic of Donald Trump, Gates also wouldn’t commit to supporting Warren in a hypothetical race between her and Trump: “I’m not going to make political declarations. But I do think no matter what policy somebody has in mind … whoever I decide will have the more professional approach in the current situation, probably is the thing I will weigh the most. And I hope that the more professional candidate is an electable candidate.”Critics pointed out that the Microsoft founder and philanthropist would still remain extremely wealthy under Warren’s plan.> If Elizabeth Warren passed her extra 6 percent wealth tax on fortunes over $ 1 billion and Bill Gates never gained a single dollar again from any of his investments, he'd still be a billionaire 60 years from now t.co/rcAZCLthkx> > — Lee Fang (@lhfang) November 6, 2019And even if he were to pay that much, he’d still have some money left over.> Even if someone was asking Bill Gates to pay 100 billion in taxes (they're not), he'd have 6 billion left over t.co/jnslbzT1Sv> > — Steadman™ (@AsteadWesley) November 6, 2019This isn’t the first time Warren has contended with disgruntled billionaires. Last week, the billionaire money manager Leon Cooperman exchanged tense words with Warren on Twitter and sent her a letter criticizing her “vilification of the rich”.“Leon can and should pitch in more,” she responded, “so that every kid has the same opportunities he did to succeed.”



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Bill Gates says Elizabeth Warren’s wealth tax would leave him ‘counting what he had left over’

Bill Gates says Elizabeth Warren’s wealth tax would leave him ‘counting what he had left over’Bill Gates has criticised Elizabeth Warren’s proposed wealth tax, claiming it left him doing “a little math about what I have left over”.The Microsoft founder and billionaire spoke about the Democratic presidential candidate’s plan at The New York Times DealBook conference on Wednesday.



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Southwest goes all out for Halloween: Free drinks, decorated gates, CEO in 'Star Wars' costume

Southwest goes all out for Halloween: Free drinks, decorated gates, CEO in 'Star Wars' costumeSouthwest Airlines goes all out for Halloween, with airport employees encouraged to decorate gates and airline executives parading around in costume.



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Bill Gates, who said he had no relationship with Jeffrey Epstein, reportedly met with the disgraced financier multiple times, including a 2011 meeting with billionaire Eva Dubin and her teenage daughter

Bill Gates, who said he had no relationship with Jeffrey Epstein, reportedly met with the disgraced financier multiple times, including a 2011 meeting with billionaire Eva Dubin and her teenage daughterThe disgraced financier sought to work with JPMorgan and Gates' foundation on multiple funds, per the New York Times.



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