Lawyer Pleads Guilty to Lying in Russia Probe Case


Van Der Zwaan married Eva Khan, German Khan's daughter, at Luton Hoo Hotel, a posh estate outside of London.

Van Der Zwaan is also accused in the charging document of deleting emails sought by the special counsel's office.

The plea hearing comes on the heels of an extraordinary indictment from Mueller last week that charged 13 Russian nationals and three Russian companies in a hidden social media effort to meddle in the 2016 presidential election by denigrating Democrat Hillary Clinton and boosting the chances of Trump.

Unlike other defendants, Van der Zwaan did not enter into an ongoing cooperation agreement with the special counsel's office.

Alex Van Der Zwaan is charged with making "materially false, fictitious, and fraudulent statements and representations" to the special counsel's office and Federal Bureau of Investigation agents on November 3, 2017, according to the indictment. Both have pleaded not guilty.

These communications occurred while van der Zwaan's firm, Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom [corporate website] was preparing a report on the trial of former Ukrainian Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko [JURIST news archive].

Ukrainian former Prime Minister and leader of Batkivshchyna (Fatherland) party Yulia Tymoshenko attends a parliament session in Kyiv, Ukraine, Feb. 16, 2016.

Andrew Weissmann, a prosecutor with Mueller's office, told the court that Manafort and Gates funneled $4 million through offshore accounts to pay the law firm - which he did not identify by name - and Washington-based lobbying firms in connection with the report.

The Ukrainians asked the U.S. Justice Department for help in questioning Manafort and Skadden lawyers who worked on the report.

Both Gates and Manafort were indicted by the special counsel in October.

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According to a report in the New York Times, Manafort worked with Skadden Arps to draft a report five years ago that sought to defend a move by his client, Viktor Yanukovych, to jail a political opponent.

Skadden produced a report - meant to be independent - that said the process was legal. Yanukovych, who fled the country in 2014, has been accused of extraordinary corruption while in office and had locked up rival Timoshenko on charges widely considered to be false.

They discussed how a criminal complaint in Ukraine could implicate a former Ukrainian official, Skadden and Manafort himself.

Deputy Trump campaign aide Rick Gates, center, departs federal court in Washington, Monday, Dec. 11, 2017.

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

Manafort also had his share of financial entanglements with entities related to Russian Federation when he joined the Trump campaign.

A London-based lawyer has admitted making false statements to investigators examining links between Donald Trump's election campaign team and Russian Federation. When questioned about his firm's work in 2012, Van Der Zwann misled investigators about his communications with Richard Gates.

Alex Van Der Zwaan was charged in an information made public Tuesday.

Van Der Zwaan's father-in-law, Khan, is named in former British spy Christopher Steele's dossier in a section that deals exclusively with Alfa Bank and its relationship to Putin. Khan is a shareholder of Alfa Group, a Russian banking and investment concern, and a board member at LetterOne Holdings, the investment vehicle set up by the founders of Alfa Group.