Dutch lawyer sentenced in Trump-Russia probe

A Dutch lawyer has become the first person to be formally sentenced in special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election.

London-based Alex van der Zwaal, 33, was handed a 30-day prison sentence and fined $20,000 (£14,200) after admitting that he had lied to investigators about contacts with former Trump aide Rick Gates, and failed to turn over emails to Mueller’s team in February.

The BBC reports that Van der Zwaan is “the son-in-law of one of Russia’s richest men”, who formerly worked for international law firm Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom.

The law firm, which represented ex-Trump campaign chief Paul Manafort and his former business partner Rick Gates while they were working as political consultants in Ukraine, is reportedly cooperating with Mueller’s investigation.

CNN says investigators are looking into Van der Zwaan’s “communications with Gates and a person with Russian intelligence ties” as part of the ongoing probe.

 

 

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