Mueller Charges Lawyer Linked to Ukraine With Lying to the Special Counsel
Special counsel Robert Mueller has charged a new defendant in the Russia investigation. The latest target is a lawyer based in London, Alex van der Zwaan, who is accused of making false statements. He has a plea hearing scheduled for Tuesday at 2:30 p.m. According to the indictment, the false statements came when Mueller’s team was asking questions about Van der Zwaan’s work representing Ukraine’s ministry of justice. Van der Zwaan was officially charged on Feb. 16 in federal court in Washington, D.C. Van der Zwaan is also, according to the indictment, an associate of Richard Gates, a longtime business partner of Paul Manafort, the former manager of Donald Trump’s presidential campaign. Gates will reportedly plead guilty to fraud-related charges in the coming days and has agreed to testify against Manafort. Van der Zwaan is the son-in-law of Russian oligarch German Khan.