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Trump Aide Rick Gates Communicated With Former Russian Spy Before Election

Trump Aide Rick Gates Communicated With Former Russian Spy Before Election

Flynn pleaded guilty in December to lying to the FBI about his discussions with Kislyak, becoming the first member of Trump's administration to agree to cooperate with Mueller's investigation.

The White House denied that President Donald Trump is considering pardoning former aides tangled in the special counsel's investigation, soon after the New York Times reported his former personal attorney had mentioned the idea.

The New York Times reported Wednesday that John Dowd, who resigned last week, raised the subject with their respective lawyers past year because Trump's team was concerned about what they might reveal to FBI Special Counsel Robert Mueller as part of a deal.

Dowd joined Trump's legal team last summer, and Flynn pleaded guilty in December.

But the President discussed the subject of presidential pardons in a meeting with lawyers with the White House Counsel's office, the Times reports, citing a person who was briefed on what was discussed during the meeting.

White House press secretary Sarah Sanders referred to Cobb's statement when asked about the Times' report at a briefing Wednesday, later adding that pardons are "not currently" under consideration.

In emails exchanged between Department of Justice employees working for the Office of the Pardon Attorney, they concluded that if Trump decided one day to tweet out a presidential pardon, the Department of Justice would probably "have very little if any involvement", wrote Jennifer K. Mills, a former supervisory paralegal. Gates worked forPaul Manafort, the indicted former Trump campaign chairman, as a political consultant in Ukraine for a decade.

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Three people with knowledge of the discussions told the newspaper that Dowd floated the idea of offering the pardons as Mueller built his cases against the former Trump advisers.

Last year, The Washington Post reported that Trump had asked the White House Counsel's Office about his authority to grant pardons, including whether he could issue one for himself.

The court documents are a sentencing memorandum in the case against Alex van der Zwaan, a London-based lawyer who carried out work on behalf of Manafort's lobbying efforts in Ukraine. She added waiving their potential sentences is "not being now discussed at the White House".

"I don't want to talk about pardons for Michael Flynn yet", he told a reporter.

Gates remained in touch with "Person A" late in the campaign, Mueller said, communicating with the associate and van der Zwaan in a "series of calls" in September and October of 2016.

"Not that I'm aware of", she said.

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