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Judge questions whether Gates fundraiser broke gag order

Judge questions whether Gates fundraiser broke gag order

WASHINGTON (AP) — The federal judge overseeing the case of a former aide to President Donald Trump is questioning whether the aide's video message at a Washington fundraiser violated the court's gag order.

U.S. District Court Judge Amy Berman Jackson ordered former Trump adviser Rick Gates on Friday to explain a video of him that aired at an event for his legal defense fund. In the video posted Tuesday, Gates said he was "humbled and grateful" by the attendees who contributed to his legal defense fund. In the one-minute video, Gates noted the gag order and said he could not discuss details of the case.

The video aired at an event hosted by Washington lobbyist Jack Burkman.

Gates is facing money-laundering and other charges along with former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort.