Attorney pleads guilty to lying to FBI in Mueller probe

Alex van der Zwaan admitted making false or misleading statements regarding email communications with Richard Gates.

His former employer, the renowned law firm Skadden, Arps, says they are cooperating with authorities.

Van der Zwaan is married to the daughter of German Khan, a Russian oligarch who is suing research firm Fusion GPS over a dossier alleging salacious and unverified ties between President Donald Trump and Russia.

…given van der Zwaan’s background and his cooperation with Mueller’s probe, he is more likely to be sentenced to six months or less, with possibly no jail time at all, and anywhere from a $500 to $9,500 fine.

The FBI is holding van der Zwaan’s passport. For now, he is barred from traveling outside of Washington, but he will be allowed to travel to New York on two days’ notice.

…The criminal information filed last week from the special counsel’s office accused van der Zwaan of “knowingly” making “materially false, fictitious, and fraudulent statements” regarding his work helping to prepare a report in 2012 for Skadden, Arps, on the trial of Ukrainian politician Yulia Tymoshenko. 

…The New York Times in September detailed how Manafort in 2011 had arranged for Skadden, Arps to prepare a report that was used by associates of Ukraine’s Yanukovych to defend the incarceration of Ukrainian nationalist Tymoshenko.

That story noted that Mueller’s office had asked the law firm for information and documents about its work for the pro-Russia Yanukovych.

Mueller charges attorney with lying to the FBI



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