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Robert Mueller charges lawyer with lying in Russian Federation election meddling probe

March 24 2018, 07:50 | Irvin Gilbert

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

Manafort, who served as President Donald Trump's campaign chairman, has been charged with money laundering and a variety of other crimes in the special counsel investigation, but he had been suspected of financial crimes dating back to 2014.

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

Van der Zwaan is also accused of lying to investigators about why he did not turn over a September 2016 email between himself and another individual referred to in the charge as "Person A" to Mueller's office.

He was speaking with investigators about his work with worldwide law firm Skadden Arps in 2012, when Manafort arranged for the firm to be hired by the Ukrainian Minister of Justice to prepare a report on the trial of Yulia Tymoshenko.

Van der Zwaan's case is the sixth criminal matter made public by the special counsel's office. The indictment alleged that Manafort and Gates's work for Yanukoyvch included lobbying in Congress in connection with the "roll out of a report concerning the Tymoshenko trial commissioned by the Government of Ukraine". Around that time, Manafort was in the spotlight for the work he and Gates did in Ukraine.

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

Mueller is investigating whether the Trump campaign colluded with Russian Federation during the 2016 election. Van Der Zwaan deleted and failed to produce emails sought by the special counsel and a law firm, prosecutors said.

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.

President Donald Trump is again accusing his predecessor of not doing enough to prevent Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election.

The court filing says that van der Zwaan lied to investigators about his interactions with Rick Gates.

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