Dutch Attorney Implicated in Mueller Probe Sentenced to 30 Days in Prison

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He had pleaded guilty on February 20 as Mueller intensified his investigation into potential collusion between the Trump campaign and Russian Federation, and is the first person to be sentenced in the probe.

"What I did was wrong", he said to the judge, reading quietly from a single sheet of paper after his defense attorney and the prosecutor each spoke.

"That Gates and Person A were directly communicating in September and October 2016 was pertinent to the investigation", prosecutors said in van der Zwaan's pre-sentencing court document. "I await your judgment".

Van der Zwaan was a London-based associate of a high-powered law firm called Skadden, Arps, Meagher & Flom in the early 2010s.

Van der Zwaan, who joined Skadden in 2007, when he was about 24, played a role at the firm in complex global litigation and government investigations that belied his junior status, a fact his lawyers attributed to his worldwide upbringing and his command of French, Russian and English as well as Dutch.

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Authorities said van der Zwann misled them in a November 2017 interview about his work with former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort and deputy chairman Richard Gates. "This was lying to a federal officer in the course of a criminal investigation".

Mr Mueller has secured two indictments against Mr Manafort arising from his lobbying for the pro-Russian Ukrainian Party of Regions, with charges ranging from failing to register as a foreign agent and conspiring to launder money, to bank fraud and filing false tax returns.

Van der Zwaan was also ordered to pay $20,000 in fines and serve two months of supervised release after he gets out of prison, and he will likely be deported to London before his wife is due to give birth in August. He is the son-in-law of Ukranian-Russian billionaire German Khan. "I apologize to the court, my wife, and my family", van der Zwaan said in court on Tuesday. The attorneys pushed Jackson to allow van der Zwaan to return to London as soon as possible where he lives with his wife, who is going through a hard pregnancy.

She also declined to offer sympathy to van der Zwann after his lawyers said he has been bored in a D.C. -area hotel for months with nothing to do but converse with attorneys.

Van der Zwaan's attorneys argued that he had suffered enough already.

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The sentencing came just hours after another development in the special counsel's investigation of Manafort, the former Trump campaign chairman.

During his August 2016 meeting with Kilimnik, Manafort has said he and his longtime Kiev office manager discussed, among other topics, the ongoing campaign, including the hacking of Democratic National Committee emails.

The couple is expecting their first child later this year. Gates and Manafort worked closely with Yanukovych before he was removed from power in 2014.

Weissmann also said van der Zwaan's conduct demonstrated a "lack of morality", noting he also lied to his former employer and the US government.

Prosecutors have alleged that Manafort and Gates used an offshore account to secretly pay $4 million for the report.

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