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First Person Sentenced In Robert Mueller's Russia Investigation

First Person Sentenced In Robert Mueller's Russia Investigation

Alex van der Zwaan, a lawyer who used to work closely with Trump's former campaign manager Paul Manafort, is the first person sentenced in connection with the Mueller investigation into Russian Federation, the Trump campaign, and the 2016 election.

Last month, the lawyer pleaded guilty and told prosecutors he lied to Federal Bureau of Investigation agents about his past links with Rick Gates - a Manafort protege who held a senior position in the Trump campaign.

Judge Amy Berman Jackson told Van der Zwaan that he should have known better as he stood before her in a Washington, D.C., courtroom.

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. "I apologize to the court for my conduct", van der Zwaan said in a short statement at his sentencing hearing. Van der Zwaan awaited his sentencing for the last month while gripped with "boredom and anxiety" while living in a hotel, Schwartz said.

Manafort's lawyers have argued that Mueller overstepped the bounds of his mandate by charging him with crimes unrelated to Russian collusion, and that Mueller's mandate itself is too broad.

"He is literally in limbo", Mr Schwartz said.

The memo, which had not previously been released publicly and remains redacted in parts, said that Mueller was empowered to investigate allegations that Manafort "committed a crime or crimes by colluding with Russian government officials" to interfere with the presidential election. He has said he met with Kilimnik in person in May 2016 and again in New York City in August 2016, about two weeks before Manafort resigned as Trump's campaign chairman.

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Gates, 45, who was deputy campaign manager for Trump and worked with Manafort in Ukraine, pleaded guilty February 23 to conspiracy and lying to the Federal Bureau of Investigation in a cooperation deal with Mueller's probe.

Mueller has secured two indictments against 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. "We're not talking about a traffic ticket".

Van der Zwaan's story is convoluted, and involves a Ukrainian internal political dispute from a decade ago.

Van der Zwaan last June married Eva Khan, the daughter of Khan.

Alex van der Zwaan is a lawyer who has worked for the major worldwide firm Skadden Arps, where he was commissioned to work for pro-Russia clients in Ukraine and Russian Federation. He had asked the judge for leniency hoping to avoid jail time because his wife is pregnant with their first child.

Van der Zwaan covered up his discussions with Gates and a business associate based in Ukraine in September 2016, while the Trump campaign operation was in full swing.

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

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