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Robert Mueller Charges Lawyer with Lying to Special Counsel in Russia Probe

Robert Mueller Charges Lawyer with Lying to Special Counsel in Russia Probe

Special counsel Robert Mueller's prosecutors have filed a new charge against a lawyer they say lied to federal investigators in the Russian Federation probe.

Van Der Zwaan was expected in court Tuesday afternoon to plead guilty to the charges. It would also increase the pressure to cooperate on Manafort, who has pleaded not guilty to Mueller's indictment and is preparing for a trial on alleged financial crimes unrelated to the campaign.

The information provided by the government says Van Der Zwaan's false statements were made in connection to his work as an attorney working for a law firm whose client was the Ukraine Ministry of Justice.

Van der Zwaan is accused of falsely telling investigators that his last communication with Gates was an "innocuous text message" in mid-August 2016, when he had spoken with Gates in September 2016 about the Tymoshenko report.

Van Der Zwaan is the son of Russian oligarch German Khan.

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On Friday, Mueller charged 13 Russian nationals with interfering in the us election process. The special counsel's office also unsealed a criminal case against a California man who pleaded guilty to identity fraud.

Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP issued a statement Tuesday after news broke that Alex van der Zwaan had been charged with lying to investigators.

Van Der Zwaan will admit that he wasn't truthful about his dealings with Rick Gates, Manafort's deputy, who is also charged and has been in negotiations about cooperating with prosecutors.

Alex van der Zwaan, the lawyer, is well-connected and represents the interests of a number of Russian oligarchs. Mueller's office is expected to announce a plea deal with Gates within the next few days, under which Gates has reportedly agreed to testify against Manafort.

A court in Ukraine sentenced Tymoshenko, accused of abusing her position in connection with a 2009 gas deal with Russian Federation, to jail time in late 2011. The New York Times reported that secret documents uncovered in Ukraine listed millions of dollars in illegal payments meant for Manafort, and CNN reported that Manafort's lobbying firm was under scrutiny by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and Justice Department. Check back for updates.


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