Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into interference in the 2016 presidential election seems never-ending, with yet another name added to the list of accused. That name is Alex van der Zwaan. Who is he and what is he charged with? Read on to find out.
Special Counsel Robert Mueller has laid charges against a Dutch lawyer for providing false statements to him and the FBI in connection to the Russian 2016 election interference scandal. The accused is Alex van der Zwaan.
van der Zwaan allegedly lied about his last interactions with Rick Gates, the former campaign manager for Donald Trump’s presidential campaign in 2016. Gates was indicted for charges related to consulting work with Ukraine political figures, including money laundering, conspiracy against the U.S., and making false statements. In the charges, van der Zwaan is also being accused of lying about his ability to produce e-mails related to the investigation.
These accusations became public record on February 16, 2018, based on an interview on November 3, 2017. The interview was in regards to legal work van der Kwaan did in 2012 preparing a report on the trial of former Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko for the Ukraine Ministry of Justice.
van der Zwaan claimed that he last spoke to Gates back in the middle of August 2016. Mueller is claiming that van der Zwaan and Gates did speak after that, in September 2016.
In addition, van der Zwaan said that he has no knowledge of any e-mails that could help with the investigation by special counsel. However, Mueller’s investigation has led them to believe that there are e-mails that could be obtained and that some may have been deleted.
van der Zwaan will have a plea hearing on Tuesday, February, 20, 2018, in Washington, D.C., at the U.S. District court.
Who Is Alex Van Der Zwaan?
The 33-year-old Dutch lawyer is multilingual, speaking Dutch, English, French, and Russian.
Alex van der Zwaan worked as an attorney for Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP, an international law firm. van der Zwaan was recently fired from the law firm, with his most recent work being found to have been done in April 2017.
Reports are surfacing that van der Zwaan is the son-in-law of Russian businessman German Khan. The billionaire has business interests in the oil industry and Alfa Group, the same group that allegedly was communicating through servers in the Trump Towers in 2016. To add another layer of possible issues to the investigation, Khan has worked with Russian President Vladimir Putin.
The charges against van der Kwaan come in the wake of Mueller’s office announcing the indictment of 13 Russian individuals and three Russian companies.
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