George Nader seen in a CNN interview circa 1995.

Who is the shadowy figure cooperating with Mueller?

Special Counsel Robert Mueller has gotten the cooperation of a Lebanese-American businessman with international ties to a number of middle eastern countries, who met with Trump associates during the transition. CNN's Sara Murray reports.
WASHINGTON, DC - FEBRUARY 23:  Richard Gates arrives at the Prettyman Federal Courthouse for a hearing February 23, 2018 in Washington, DC. Gates is expected to plead guilty to a 12-charge indictment that includes money laundering and conspiracy.  (Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images)

Former Trump aide Rick Gates pleads guilty

Ex-Donald Trump campaign official Rick Gates pleaded guilty to two criminal charges in special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation of Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential campaign. CNN's Sara Murray reports.
Former Trump campaign official Rick Gates leaves Federal Court on December 11, 2017 in Washington, DC.
In October, Trump's one-time campaign chairman Paul Manafort and his deputy Rick Gates were arrested on money laundering and tax-related charges. / AFP PHOTO / Brendan Smialowski        (Photo credit should read BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP/Getty Images)

Sources: Rick Gates close to plea deal

Former Trump campaign adviser Rick Gates is finalizing a plea deal with special counsel Robert Mueller's office, indicating he's poised to cooperate in the investigation, according to sources familiar with the case.

John McCain's continued Senate absence

Questions on when Sen. John McCain will return to the Senate, the latest on an anticipated Senate run by Mitt Romney, Republicans' difficult tax plan sell, the long history of efforts to pass the DREAM Act, and the possible motivation behind Steve Bannon's 'Fire and Fury' comments--it's all on Inside Politics.

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About 

  • Sara Murray is a CNN political correspondent based in Washington, D.C. She principally covers the Russia investigation and works alongside CNN's Justice Department team.

    Murray joined CNN in 2015 to cover the expansive Republican field and most recently served as a White House correspondent for the network.

    Murray joined CNN from The Wall Street Journal, where she served as an anchor for their digital network in New York. Prior to joining the video team, she covered Mitt Romney's 2012 presidential bid, shedding light on the inner workings of the campaign's high command and breaking news on the candidate's private comments to high-dollar donors.

    During her tenure at The Wall Street Journal, Murray covered Congress's unsuccessful attempt to overhaul the U.S. immigration system in 2013. She also spent years following the 2008 financial crisis and the economic fallout that ensued.

    Murray was born and raised in Mt. Pleasant. Mich., and graduated from the University of Maryland. She resides in Washington, D.C., with her husband and their rescue pup, shiner.