U.S. Special Counsel Robert Mueller has charged a lawyer with lying to investigators about his communications with Rick Gates, a partner of former Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort who also has been charged in the Russian Federation probe.
Mueller has also charged former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort; Gates; former Trump campaign adviser George Papadopoulos; and former national security adviser Michael Flynn. Prosecutors alleged that Zwaan deleted and otherwise did not produce that and other emails. The lawyer, Alex Van der Zwaan, is the son-in-law of Russian oligarch German Khan.
Van der Zwaan's case is the sixth criminal matter made public by the special counsel's office.
Zwaan allegedly also misled investigators about a September 2016 email between him and "Person A", according to the court documents. The firm was helping prepare a report on the trial of Yulia Tymoshenko.
Tymoshenko was jailed in 2011 after being convicted by the Ukrainian government of abuse of power. At the time, Gates was still working with the Trump campaign.
Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP issued a statement Tuesday after news broke that Alex van der Zwaan had been charged with lying to investigators. The New York Times reported that secret documents uncovered in Ukraine listed millions of dollars in illegal payments meant for Manafort, and CNN reported that Manafort's lobbying firm was under scrutiny by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and Justice Department. Around that time, Manafort was in the spotlight for the work he and Gates did in Ukraine.
Robert Mueller, the man leading the Russian election meddling investigation, has charged a lawyer with making false statements to his team.
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.
They have pleaded not guilty.
Once a plea deal is in place, Gates would become the third known cooperator in Mueller's sprawling probe into Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election.