Dutch Lawyer Becomes First Person Sentenced In Mueller Probe

Dutch Lawyer Becomes First Person Sentenced In Mueller Probe

A London-based lawyer was ordered to serve 30 days in prison after a federal judge Tuesday handed down the first sentence in special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation of alleged Russian interference in the 2016 USA presidential election.

Van der Zwaan was given the first sentence in Mueller's investigation into Russian meddling and potential collusion with Trump campaign associates during the 2016 presidential election. "Person A" is thought to be Konstantin Kilimnik, a Ukrainian with ties to Russian intelligence who worked for Manafort.

Mueller's team revealed the existence of the August 2, 2017, memo in filings seeking to counter arguments by Manafort's attorneys that the special counsel probe has exceeded its legal authority.

He said Mueller, who was assigned to investigate potential coordination between Russian Federation and the Trump campaign, overstepped his bounds by charging him for conduct that occurred years before the 2016 presidential election.

Andrew Weissman, an attorney for the special counsel, argued for jail time and pushed back against van der Zwaan's request for leniency.

But the Mueller investigation would soon deliver van der Zwaan an unhappy honeymoon.

The United Arab Emirates reportedly contracted Wikistrat in 2015 to make war game scenarios in Yemen on Islamist political movements. They also noted that Rosenstein has said publicly that he is supervising the investigation closely and that he does not believe Mueller has exceeded his authority. Gates has accepted a plea deal and is cooperating with prosecutors while Manafort is fighting the charges.

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In a court filing last week, prosecutors indicated that the Federal Bureau of Investigation has assessed that a longtime Manafort business associate who was in contact with both Manafort and Gates during the campaign had ties to Russian intelligence.

Van der Zwaan, the son-in-law of a Russian oligarch named in the controversial Steele dossier, pleaded guilty in February to the charge of making false statements to the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

Mr Gates and Mr Manafort have been hit with a number of charges, including conspiracy to launder money and acting as "unregistered agents" of Mr Yanukovych and his party.

How does this tie into Robert Mueller's Russian Federation investigation?

Manafort was indicted in both Washington and Alexandria, Virginia, and he pleaded not guilty.

"This was lying during the course of a federal investigation", she added, noting that being able to "write a check and walk away" would not fit the seriousness of the crime or send the right message.

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