The pivot in the study of Russian interference in the 2016 US presidential election, Rick Gates, has been sentenced to 45 days in jail and a probationary period of three years.
Gates was the vice president of the Donald Trump campaign team.
Gates had already admitted in February last year that he had lied to the FBI and to investigators from the team of Robert Mueller, who was investigating the Russian interference.
In exchange for punishment reduction, he cooperated with the investigation from 2018. Gates also admitted that he is guilty of conspiring against the United States.
“I accept full responsibility for my actions. I regret the mistakes I made,” Gates said in court.
The statements that Gates made as a witness have led, among other things, to convictions from Trumps former campaign leader Paul Manafort and Roger Stone, the president’s former advisor who was also involved in the campaign.