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Attorney for prominent law firm charged with lying in US Russia probe

20 February 2018

The probe into Russian interference in the 2016 elections produced another indictment on Tuesday, as the feds charged a man with making false statements to investigators working with Special Counsel Robert Mueller, also accusing the lawyer of deleting emails, and not cooperating with the probe.

Manafort, a former campaign chair for the Trump campaign, has been already been charged with conspiracy and money laundering.

Van Der Swaan was charged with a criminal information, which typically precedes a guilty plea.

The team of Special Counsel Robert Mueller, pictured here on June 21, 2017, has charged Alex Van Der Zwaan with allegedly lying to federal agents.

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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". Van Der Zwaan deleted and failed to produce emails sought by the special counsel and a law firm, prosecutors said.

Gates met Manafort almost three decades ago while he was an intern at Black, Manafort, Stone, Kelly - one of the most powerful lobbying firms in DC.

It was reported in September that Mueller was interested in Skadden's involvement in the report. 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. Mueller's office is expected to announce a plea deal with Gates within the next few days, under which Gates has reportedly agreed to testify against Manafort. She was freed after Yanukovych's ouster in 2014. Van der Zwaan is the son-in-law of German Khan, a Russian bank owner who is suing BuzzFeed News over the publication of an unverified dossier of information concerning President Donald Trump.

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Attorney for prominent law firm charged with lying in US Russia probe