U.S. President Donald Trump’s former deputy campaign chairperson Rick Gates has asked to serve his remaining 45-day “intermittent” jail sentence from his home over fears of contracting the coronavirus, a court submitting showed.
Gates is urging a modification to his probation condition as he fears that he may carry the virus home from the jail, posing a heightened risk to his spouse, who is getting treated for cancer, Thomas Green, a lawyer for Gates, stated in a filing on Sunday.
Gates held senior posts on the president’s campaign group and inauguration committee and were one of several former Trump aides and advisers to be charged in Robert Mueller’s investigation that documented Russian interference in the 2016 U.S. presidential election.
Gates, 47, pleaded guilty in February 2018 to conspiracy against the U.S. and lying to investigators. He was sentenced to serve an intermittent term of 45 days in jail and 36 months of probation in December 2019.
He had agreed to cooperate with Mueller and testified as a prosecution witness against Paul Manafort, his former business companion, and Roger Stone, Trump’s longtime adviser, and friend.
Gates is the latest in a series of high profile inmates seeking an early release from jail because of the coronavirus outbreak, becoming a member of the likes of Manafort and Trump’s former personal attorney Michael Cohen, who pleaded guilty in reference to Mueller’s investigation.