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Posted on May 16 2019


I bet you thought that Rick Gates had slipped my radar? NOPE...although I’ll admit I’ve been a bit bogged down because it seems like every hour of the day some “scoop” or “breaking news” just floods the zone. And granted if I could be on Twitter I could literally update you in a matter of seconds. 


We all know that Rick Gates has been cooperating pursuant to the Ts and Cs of his Plea Deal. As a refresher (pulled from the DOJ Special Counsel’s webpage)


U.S. v. Richard W. Gates III (1:17-cr-201, District of Columbia)

Richard W. Gates III of Richmond, Va., pleaded guilty on Feb. 23, 2018, to a superseding criminal information that includes: count one of the indictment, which charges conspiracy against the United States, in violation of 18 U.S.C. 371 (which includes conspiracy to violate 26 U.S.C. 7206(1), 31 U.S.C. 5312 and 5322(b), and 22 U.S.C. 612, 618(a)(1), and 618(a)(2)), and a charge of making false statements to the Special Counsel’s Office and FBI agents, in violation of 18 U.S.C. 1001.


Superseding Criminal Information

Plea Agreement

Statement of the Offense


The last Rick Gates update was on March 15, 2019 ( I even added a bonus Firtash update in that write up). And like a typical A personality, yes I created a calendar reminder but I was also a bit up to my eyeballs in actual work. So Gates’ Joint Status Report actually slipped my radar. Apologies, bad Spicy bad. As a reminder Gates’ March 15th Status Report said:


defendant Gates continues to cooperate with respect to several ongoing investigations, and accordingly the parties do not believe it is appropriate to commence the sentencing process at this time.


Well I am happy to report that yes the plural “Investigations” was in fact a decent clue. Sure you can give me grief for my odd fixation of tiny details but a “tiny” detail such as plural Investigations...meant that the May 13, 2019 Joint Status Report did not surprise me that Gates’ is cooperating in the following cases:


To date: (1) defendant Gates continues to cooperate with the government as required by his Plea Agreement, and (2) this Court has scheduled a trial in United States v. Craig, 19-CR-125 (ABJ), to begin on August 12, 2019, and another trial, United States v. Stone, 19-CR-18 (ABJ), to begin November 5, 2019. As a result, the parties do not believe that a sentencing date should be set at this time. 

Accordingly, the parties respectfully request that they provide a joint status report no later than August 30, 2019. A proposed Order is attached. 


Shortly after the May 2019 Joint Status Report the Judge reset the deadlines via the following minute order on the Gates docket


 As updates become available I’ll update the blog accordingly because for the foreseeable future I won’t be on Twitter.


ps yes I know Trump released his 2019 Financial Disclosure

And YES I am aware that Trump obtained a new mortgage in 2018 via:

Professional Bank for 1125 South Ocean LLC

Mortgage $5,000,001 - $25,000,000
2018 interest rate of 4.500% Mortgage/Loan Matures in 2048

 And YES of course I’ve already locked down The Who/Why/When of said new mortgage. Although I’m kind of (not) surprised that the media didn’t pick up that not only did Trump’s Sons buy their Aunt’s home but they also purchased the adjacent vacant lot. Once you have  the parcel No it’s incredibly easy to pull public property records:

Parcel Control Number 50-43-43-35-05-000-0240
29858 Page 947
Sale Date MAY-2018
Mailing Address
NEW YORK NY 10022 2519


 The adjacent vacant lot info:

Parcel No. 50434335000020391
29858 Page 947
Sale Date MAY-2018
Mailing Address
NEW YORK NY 10022 2519


Like I said, once you have the parcel number it’s relatively easy to pull down the property records, liens and/or mortgages that encumber said property 


Not that it really matters but it took me less than 5 minutes to lock on and then drill down. Which is why this OutFront interview bugs the ever loving shit out of me, if you’re going to have a business reporter on at the very minimum how about said “reporter” takes the 5 minutes to jump on the Palm Beach County Records and pulls down the same public information I did. God I’m not s reporter...



Lordy Spicy is getting tired of all this madness and doing research for other people who then lift my work as their own...yes I see you and I’m just waiting to pounce...




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  • Marie G: May 19, 2019

    Great work, Spicy. Great updates here for ongoing matters. Saw that new mtg. and banged my head against my desk in frustration. Keep it up, sistah.

  • NS Bundy: May 17, 2019

    No one can bring it like you. Sorry people lift your work. You deserve all the recognition due to the amazing ability you have to drill into online data and retrieve golden nuggets. Although well meaning people thought spicyfiles was a porn site I was sending them too for political refreshment – we persisted. Hope next cherry blossoms is ridiculously anticipated due to lack of traumatic headlines.

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