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

The attorney was accused of lying about his last contact with former Trump campaign associate Rick Gates and another unnamed person, and with destroying emails about the unnamed person in September 2016.

Prosecutors charged Alex van der Zwaan with making false statements to federal agents on Friday.

The criminal information unsealed on Tuesday does not specify what law firm van der Zwaan worked for when he prepared the Tymoshenko report, but earlier news articles identified an Alex van der Zwaan as being part of a team from the law firm Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom that prepared a report about Tymoshenko for the Ministry of Justice in 2012.

Mr Van Der Zwaan was charged on February 16 in federal court in Washington and news of the move emerged on Tuesday.

He is also accused of lying about the failure to turn over an email communication to the special counsel's office.

According to the document, van der Zwaan is accused of making false statements about his last communication with Gates, which the document says took place in mid-August 2016 and consisted of an "innocuous text message". He pleaded not guilty at the time, but is expected to change that plea in the coming days.

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It was reported in September that Mueller was interested in Skadden's involvement in the report.

Van Der Zwaan is the son-in-law of Russian oligarch German Khan, the Kyiv Post reported. Around that time, Manafort was in the spotlight for the work he and Gates did in Ukraine.

Mueller is investigating Russian election interference and links between the Trump campaign and Russia.

Prosecutors say van der Zwaan also misled them about his interaction with former Trump campaign aide Rick Gates.

Yanukovych was ousted from the presidency in 2014 amid widespread protests against his Russia-friendly positions and his decision to back out of a deal that would have promoted closer ties between Ukraine and the West, and distanced it from Russian Federation.

Gates would be the third person in President Donald Trump's circle to agree to corporate with Mueller's ongoing investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election. Trump says there was no collusion and Russian Federation denies meddling with the election.

  • Adam Floyd