Mueller charges lawyer with lying about interaction with Rick Gates

Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s Russia probe has charged another individual with lying to the FBI.

On Tuesday, Mueller filed a charge against lawyer Alex Van Der Zwaan, an associate of former Trump staffer Rick aide who is expected later Tuesday to plead guilty to failing to turn over email communication to the Special Counsel’s office, CNN reports.

Mueller’s probe into Van Der Zwaan focused on work he did in 2012 with the international law firm Skadden Arps.

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At the time, former Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort arranged for the firm to be hired by Ukrainian Minister of Justice to prepare a report on the trial Ukrainian politician Yulia Tymoshenko, an opponent of the country’s former president, Viktor Yanukovych.

After Tymoshenko defeated Yanukovych in the 2010 Ukrainian election, she was jailed on charges seen by many outside observers as politically motivated.

Van Der Zwaan helped author a report that said the trial process was legal.

According to CNN:

“The prosecutors’ criminal charge explains how Van Der Zwaan spoke with Gates and an unnamed person in September 2016 about the Ukrainian report and recorded the calls. At the time, Gates was still working with the Trump campaign.”

The outlet also reported:

“The charging document also says he exchanged an “innocuous text message” with Gates in mid-August 2016, and said falsely that was their last interaction.

“He also deleted and then failed to produce emails he exchanged with the unnamed person in September.”

CNN noted that There’s no indication from the document that Van Der Zwaan was in touch with Gates about the political adviser’s work in the [2016 presidential] election.”

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