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Special Counsel Mueller Unveils New Indictment in Russia Probe

Special Counsel Robert Mueller charged an attorney formerly employed by a prominent law firm on Tuesday with making false statements to federal authorities, according to Bloomberg.

The indictment, unsealed in federal court in Washington on Feb. 16, accuses Alex Van Der Zwaan with lying to investigators about work he performed for Skadden, Arps, Slate Meagher & Flom in 2012. Mueller is investigating alleged Russian interference in the 2016 election.

Van Der Zwann lied to investigators about a report he helped prepare for the trial of Ukranian politician Yulia Tymoshenko, the indictment charges.

Alex Van Der Zwaan worked at the London office of Skadden, Arps, Slate Meagher & Flom, according to his Linkedin page. When questioned about his firm’s work in 2012, Van Der Zwann misled investigators about his communications with Richard Gates.

Skadden terminated Van Der Zwaan in 2017 and is cooperating with investigators, the firm said in a statement to New York Times.

Gates was indicted in October along with former Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort over violations during their consulting work in Ukraine.

Manafort was under investigation long before he joined the Trump campaign. Trump accepted Manafort’s resignation in August of 2016. More than a year later, Manafort was indicted on charges of laundering $18 million. None of the charges against Manafort were related to his 2016 campaign work.

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