Mueller Charges Lawyer With Lying in Ukraine-related Case

Mueller ups pressure on Trump campaign aides with new charge
Mueller ups pressure on Trump campaign aides with new charge
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21 February, 2018

Van der Zwaan's conversation with the special counsel's office in which he allegedly lied happened three days after Manafort and Gates were charged with crimes related to their work for Ukrainian politicians and other business. The attorneys included van der Zwaan.

But with Van Der Zwaan, who pleaded guilty on Tuesday, Mueller may have quietly given us a new connection worth noting. Furthermore, the filing claims Van Der Zwaan recorded the calls in secret, and didn't produce those recordings. The latest report involving a new Mueller charge, however, is a bit more interesting, both to those following the case closely, and to conspiracy theorists. They were accused of laundering money received for work done for former Ukrainian president Viktor Yanukovych.

Those of you following along at home will remember Russia's Alfa Bank popped up prominently in the Steele Dossier-and figured in news reports that the FBI was investigating unexplained connections between the Trump Organization and computer servers owned by the bank.

A month after Manafort's departure, van der Zwaan communicated about the report with Gates and a second unidentified person, prosecutors said on Tuesday, and then lied about it when the Federal Bureau of Investigation and Mueller's office later asked about the exchanges.

On Friday, Mueller indicted 13 Russians and three Russian entities for meddling with the intent of sowing "discord in the US political system" by "supporting the presidential campaign of then-candidate Donald J. Trump ('Trump campaign') and disparaging Hillary Clinton". Two campaign officials - Michael Flynn and George Papadopolous - have pleaded guilty to lying to investigators and are now cooperating with the investigation.

The single-count information against van der Zwaan was filed ahead of a plea hearing scheduled for later Tuesday. But prosecutors say that wasn't true.

Van der Zwaan, 33, a Dutch national, entered the plea in US District Court in Washington.

Khan, who was born in Kiev, shares control of one of Russia's biggest financial and industrial investment conglomerate, Alfa Group, with fellow billionaires Mikhail Fridman and Alexei Kuzmichev. A spokesman for Khan didn't immediately provide a comment.

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As it so happens, Van Der Zwaan, the lawyer indicted Tuesday, is the son-in-law of Russian oligarch German Khan. Manafort was forced to step down as chairman in August 2016, but Gates stayed and worked on Trump's transition team.

The report defied the view held by the USA and the European Union that the case against her was politically motivated.

The document also said van der Zwaan deleted emails sought by the special counsel's office and a law firm, referred to as "Law Firm A", including an email between himself and the unnamed person.

Lawyer Alex Van Der Zwaan has pleaded guilty to a charge of lying to United States investigators about his communications with ex-Trump aide Rick Gates.

Skadden's $12,000 fee for its 2012 report on Tymoshenko was modest, just below the amount that required public bidding. The government of Yanukovych was aligned with Russian Federation, and Yanukovych fled there after his ouster.

Paul Manafort was part of the effort to recruit Skadden on behalf of Ukraine, Bloomberg News reported, citing documents it reviewed. Among those the Ukrainians sought to interview was van der Zwaan, a Russian speaker. They were also interested in payments for that work, the newspaper reported.

This isn't Skadden's only work for powerful Ukrainians.


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