".should never have been appointed and there should be no Mueller Report".
That comes nearly exactly 24 hours after the U.S. House of Representatives in an incredibly rare unanimous act of bipartisanship, voted 420-0 to demand the Dept. of Justice publicly release the full Mueller report, with the exception of any classified information.
"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", said the joint filing by Mueller and Gates' attorney.
Trump has denied collusion or any other wrongdoing.
Gates pleaded guilty past year to conspiracy and false statement charges related to Ukrainian lobbying and political consulting he carried out with former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort.
"Court documents and pre-sentence hearings that dealt with the breach of Manafort's plea deal suggest that prosecutors might have more ammunition to go after the 69-year-old on matters that go directly to the question of a conspiracy with Russian Federation, rather than the financial crimes and violations of foreign-agent laws that he's been charged with to date", The Atlantic's Natasha Bertrand wrote Friday.
Gates and longtime business partner Paul Manafort - the chair of then-candidate Trump's campaign between June and August 2016 - were indicted in October 2017 by Mueller.
His departure will follow that of the most senior Federal Bureau of Investigation agent working on the Mueller probe.
Special Agent in Charge David Archey took on a new job on March 4 as head of the FBI's office in Richmond, Va.