Mueller charges lawyer with lying about interaction with Rick Gates

Alex Van der Zwaan arrives at federal court in Washington. Joshua Roberts  Bloomberg

Alex Van der Zwaan arrives at federal court in Washington. Joshua Roberts Bloomberg

Special counsel Robert Mueller's office charged Alex van der Zwaan, a wealthy and connected Russian lawyer, with making false statements to the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

Prosecutors working for Mueller charged that the lawyer, Alex Van Der Zwaan, lied to Federal Bureau of Investigation agents about his conversations with former Trump aide Rick Gates, who was indicted a year ago on charges related to his work on behalf of pro-Russian factions in Ukraine. Gates was charged alongside longtime associate Paul Manafort in October 2017, and is expected to plead guilty.

Even though there were only two pages of information released on Tuesday morning, the details of the indictment raised a series of interesting items.

The latest incident follows news that Gates has reached a plea deal with the special counsel and is set to testify against Manafort, the former Trump campaign chairman.

Special counsel Robert Mueller's office has charged a wealthy Russian lawyer with making false statements to the Federal Bureau of Investigation, according to a court filing unsealed Tuesday.

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In his response, President Trump emphasized that last part. Around that time, Manafort was in the spotlight for the work he and Gates did in Ukraine. While there was evidence to suggest they were trying to help the Trump campaign and disparage the Clinton campaign, Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein noted that no American knowingly colluded with the defendants and that their actions did not affect the election results.

The court filing says that van der Zwaan lied to investigators about his interactions with Rick Gates. Van Der Zwaan deleted and failed to produce emails sought by the special counsel and a law firm, prosecutors said. She was freed after Yanukovych's ouster in 2014.

It is unclear exactly how Mr Van Der Zwaan fits into Mr Mueller's wider investigation, which is looking into how Russian Federation interfered in the U.S. election of 2016. Trump says there was no collusion and Russian Federation denies meddling with the election. He allegedly told investigators he did not know why the email was not produced for Mueller's team, the court document said.

The new charge was announced Tuesday, just days after Mueller brought charges against 13 Russian nationals accused of interfering in the 2016 presidential election.

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