Jail Time for Attorney Alex van der Zwaan for Lying to Federal Bureau of Investigation

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He had pleaded guilty on February 20 as Mueller intensified his investigation into potential collusion between the Trump campaign and Russian Federation, and is the first person to be sentenced in the probe.

"Your honour, what I did was wrong".

"The reason why he's going to jail [is] he lied about the communications he had with Rick Gates and another business partner of Paul Manafort in Ukraine as part of the investigation", Rattansi said. "I await your judgment".

Before their work on the Trump campaign, Van der Zwann's law firm, Skadden Arps, prepared what was called an independent report in 2012 about the prosecution of a former official in Ukraine.

The first person has been jailed as part of the Federal Bureau of Investigation inquiry into alleged collusion between Donald Trump's presidential campaign team and Russian Federation. She told him his lies to federal investigators were not just a mistake and he should have known better because be is a lawyer.

Gates and Manafort were indicted previous year on charges related to laundering tens of millions of dollars and failing to register as agents acting on behalf of a foreign government.

Judge Amy Berman Jackson sentenced the 33-year-old lawyer in U.S. District Court in Washington D.C.

Van der Zwaan was fined $20,000 and sentenced to two months of supervised release. He is the son-in-law of Ukranian-Russian billionaire German Khan.

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During interviews with the Federal Bureau of Investigation, van der Zwaan told the feds that he last spoke to Gates in August 2016, but it was later revealed that he spoke to Gates in September 2016.

"It is a message that needs to be sent, particularly because you are an attorney", she said.

That's why van der Zwann turned over evidence in December 2017, Schwartz said, and didn't toss it into the river near his onetime office in London.

Prosecutor Andrew Weissmann did not request a specific punishment for van der Zwann but he did point out that "the defendant is an attorney who after being explicitly warned about the consequences of lying. went ahead and repeatedly lied to the government". A version of the memo filed in court showed that Rosenstein signed off on an investigation into whether Manafort "committed a crime or crimes by colluding with Russian government officials", as well as into Manafort's work as an worldwide political consultant in Ukraine before joining Trump's campaign in 2016.

During his August 2016 meeting with Kilimnik, Manafort has said he and his longtime Kiev office manager discussed, among other topics, the ongoing campaign, including the hacking of Democratic National Committee emails. The couple is expecting their first child in August after a "difficult" pregnancy, a factor his defense argued in requesting leniency from the court.

Van der Zwaan has since been fired by the firm, it says it is cooperating with investigators. Gates and Manafort worked closely with Yanukovych before he was removed from power in 2014.

The Skadden report has been controversial in Ukraine in part because its findings seemed to contradict the global community's conclusion that Tymoshenko had been unjustly jailed.

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