>> A former top aide to Donald Trump's presidential campaign is expected to plead guilty Friday in the federal investigation into Russian meddling in the US election. The New York Times first Reported the potential plea by the advisor, Rick Gates. It's a sign he could cooperate in the probe.
Gates served as Trump's former deputy campaign manager alongside former Campaign Chair, Paul Manafort, also indicted by Special Counsel, Robert Mueller. The two were originally charged in October with money laundering and failing to disclose lobbying work for a pro-Russian political party in Ukraine. Gates' expected court appearance comes after Mueller filed dozens of new criminal charges against Gates and Manafort this week, stepping up pressure in a legal battle that began last year.
The move could be a key development in the case, potentially providing Mueller with incriminating information about Manafort and others among Trump's inner circle. A plea by Gates could put pressure on Manafort, who maintains his innocence and is preparing for trial to do the same.