A special investigator investigating Russian intervention against the US presidential election in 2016 accused a London-based lawyer lying to the investigating team about his contacts with Rick Gates, former aide to President Trump's campaign team.
The Office of the Special Investigator Robert Mueller exposed the allegations against Alex Van der Zwaan's lawyer on Tuesday (20/2). The hope, Van der Zwaan will plead guilty in court in Washington DC. Van der Zwaan is the son-in-law of Russian billionaire German Khan and has worked at New York – Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom – but the company says it fired him last year.
Mueller's office accused the lawyer, for Skadden, mistakenly claimed that his last contact with Gates was in mid-August 2016. The attorney's body had been hired by the Ukrainian Ministry of Justice in 2012 to prepare a report on the trials of former Prime Minister of Ukraine Yulia Tymoshenko, who had been found guilty of embezzlement and abuse of power and imprisoned, but was later released from the charges.
Prosecutors judge Van der Zwaan to lie when he says he does not know why an email between himself and an unnamed person – in September 2016 – is not submitted to Mueller's office, when in fact he has deleted the email ut. The criminal information filed against Van der Zwaan also alleged that he had lied about his last communications with Gates and the unnamed.
Last October Gates and Trump's former campaign leader Paul Manafort were charged with money-related money laundering the consultations they undertaken in Ukraine for a Russian-backed government and were then led by President Viktor Yanukovych, who was ousted by a popular uprising in 2014 and then retreated to Russia.
Last week Mueller indicted 13 Russian citizens and three Russian entities because illegally campaigning "information wars" to disrupt the course of the 2016 presidential election, to help Trump's victory.
Earlier, Trump's former national security advisor Michael Flynn and foreign affairs adviser George Papadopoulos have pleaded guilty to lying to the team investigator about contact- their contact with Russia. [em/jm]