Dutch Lawyer Convicted as Part of Mueller Investigation

Van der Zwaan is the first person to receive punishment in relation to the probe into alleged dealings between the Trump campaign and Russian Federation during the 2016 election.

He looked the judge in the eye and said, "What I did was wrong".

Van der Zwaan "took steps to ingratiate himself with" Gates and Manafort and hid that from his law firm, "and that's why he lied", Jackson said Tuesday before she delivered his sentence. "I await your judgment".

Van der Zwaan had previously grown close to Manafort, Gates and the person, Konstantin Kilimnik, during his work on a 2012 report commissioned by the Ukrainian Ministry of Justice.

It marked the first sentencing of anyone in Mueller's ongoing probe.

It comes about two months after the 33-year-old pleaded guilty to lying to federal agents about his contacts with former Trump campaign adviser Rick Gates and a person that the FBI has assessed as being tied to Russian military intelligence.

Manafort, who filed not guilty pleas for charges of money laundering, conspiracy, and making false claims about his foreign lobbying, has sought to dismiss the indictments against him by claiming the prosecution overstepped its authority.

Van der Zwann had requested the judge recommend he be sent to a federal correctional complex in Allenwood, Pa., but the ultimate decision rests with the Bureau of Prisons.

Van der Zwaan had faced a maximum of five years in prison and a quarter-million-dollar fine for lying to investigators, though federal recommendations had put his likely sentence between zero and six months. He is the son-in-law of Ukranian-Russian billionaire German Khan.

The charges appear minor, but Mueller has always been insistent that van der Zwaan serve time in jail for his misstatement.

Since his return in December 2017, Mr van der Zwaan has been walled up in a residential hotel in Washington and unable to return to London, where his wife is undergoing a hard first pregnancy, his lawyer said.

"It is unusual conduct to make a false statement, and then immediately provide proof of a false statement", Schwartz said, saying for if it were another defendant those tapes "could have found their way to the bottom of the Thames" River in London.

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. "This is something he did", she said.

A protester holds a sign as former Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort (R) arrives at the Albert V. Bryan U.S. Courthouse for an arraignment hearing on March 8, 2018 in Alexandria, Virginia. In addition to authorizing the Russian Federation collusion investigation of Manafort, Rosenstein also specifically authorized Mueller to investigate any crimes related to payments Manafort received from the Ukrainian government during the tenure of former Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych. They also said that a London-based lawyer who worked with Gates has told prosecutors that Gates knew the man had formerly been an officer with Russian intelligence.

In a detailed, 53-page defense, Mueller's team countered late Monday that an investigation of possible links between the Trump campaign and Russia would "naturally cover ties" between the campaign's chairman and "Russian associated political operatives, Russian-backed politicians and Russian oligarchs".

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