Whether the public will ever get to see the entire Mueller report got even murkier yesterday after newfound Trump loyalist Sen.
Russian Federation has denied meddling in the 2016 US election.
Pointing to fresh evidence of anti-Trump bias in the Justice Department, President Trump said Friday that special counsel Robert Mueller should never have been appointed, and his forthcoming report shouldn't exist.
Trump has denied collusion or any other wrongdoing.
Gates was the longtime business partner of Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort, who faces more than seven years in prison for financial and conspiracy crimes after sentencing this week in a separate case in federal court in Washington. Trump has said there was no collusion between his campaign and Moscow, and has characterized the Mueller probe as a "witch hunt".
He then turned state's witness against Manafort, testifying that, among other things, they teamed up to hide millions of dollars in offshore bank accounts so Manafort could cheat his taxes.
Manafort, who pleaded guilty last year to conspiring to defraud the USA in a cooperation deal with the special counsel, was sentenced this week to six years and one month on the slammer - a week after he received a 47-month in a separate case.
In that closed-door hearing, Weissmann argued that a meeting Manafort had with Kilimnik in August 2016 "goes very much to the heart of what the special counsel's office is investigating", the reporter noted.
His departure will follow that of the most senior Federal Bureau of Investigation agent working on the Mueller probe.