Jail Time for Attorney Alex van der Zwaan for Lying to Federal Bureau of Investigation

Jail Time for Attorney Alex van der Zwaan for Lying to Federal Bureau of Investigation

Jail Time for Attorney Alex van der Zwaan for Lying to Federal Bureau of Investigation

Van der Zwaan "took steps to ingratiate himself with" Gates and Manafort and hid that from his law firm, "and that's why he lied", Jackson said Tuesday before she delivered his sentence.

"Your honour, what I did was wrong".

Last month's filing from Mueller's office said it was "pertinent to the investigation" that "Gates and Person A were directly communicating in September and October 2016".

Van der Zwaan is a London-based Dutch attorney who worked for the law firm Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom.

Last week, van der Zwaan's lawyers had pleaded with the judge to spare him from prison, arguing that "his career has been destroyed, he has been separated from his friends and family, and he faces the possibility of missing the birth of his first child".

Gates pleaded guilty on February 23 to conspiring to defraud the United States and lying to Mueller's office, and is now cooperating with the probe.

During a November 3 interview with Mueller's investigators, van der Zwaan claimed that he last spoke to Gates in August 2016 and to the former Russian spy in 2014.

The specifics of the charges against van der Zwaan are complicated. He faces tax and fraud charges in the second indictment, and conspiracy and money laundering in the first. He then tried to cover his tracks by deleting emails that the special counsel's office had requested.

"I've thought about it, but I just can't say, 'pay a fine at the door and go, '" the judge said.

On Tuesday, Jackson said she recognized that van der Zwaan has been away from his family for months, during which his wife is going through a hard pregnancy.

Press reports have identified the businessman as Konstantin Kilimnik, a former Russian intelligence officer and a longtime associate of Gates and Manafort.

Mueller's office did not indicate what prosecutors thought van der Zwaan's sentence should be, but pointed out in a separate filing that van der Zwaan was an experienced lawyer, and accused him of lying after Gates and Manafort were indicted in the Russian Federation investigation.

Van der Zwaan faced a recommended sentence ranging from zero to six months in prison and asked for no prison time for one count of lying to investigators, a felony.

Prosecutors said when van der Zwaan was interviewed by the Federal Bureau of Investigation in November, he told investigators Gates had informed him that Person A was a former officer of the Russian military intelligence service known as the GRU. Manafort has pleaded not guilty and denied any wrongdoing related to Russian election interference.

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