Lies in Mueller Probe Send Dutch Attorney to Prison

Lawyer Linked To Former Donald Trump Aide Gets 30 Days In Prison $20,000 Fine

He also admitted to withholding and deleting emails. "I apologise to this court, and I apologise to my wife", he said at the hearing.

Mueller indicted van der Zwaan for making false statements of FBI investigators.

"What I did was wrong". "I apologize to my wife and to my family".

Manafort has pleaded not guilty to charges of conspiracy, money laundering, and tax evasion. He has asked a judge to toss out charges, saying prosecutors are pursuing conduct that predate his work for Trump. Gates has pleaded guilty to reduced charges and, according to reports, is cooperating with Mueller's probe.

Van der Zwaan was charged with lying to investigators during a November 3 meeting about his contacts with a person identified as "Person A" and Richard Gates, a Trump campaign aide and close confidant of Paul Manafort, Trump's former campaign manager.

Special counsel Robert Mueller's team of prosecutors included that detail in a memo defending the scope of their investigation, which so far has resulted in criminal charges against 19 people and three Russian companies. Bloomberg reported that Manafort's spokesman did not respond when contacted.

Van der Zwaan's attorneys argued that he had suffered enough already.

A Dutch lawyer who pleaded guilty to lying to federal investigators was sentenced Tuesday to 30 days in prison and ordered to pay a $20,000 fine by a federal judge.

"It is unusual conduct in the least to make a false statement and then provide proof of the false statement", Schwartz said. He is the son-in-law of Ukranian-Russian billionaire German Khan. The attorneys pushed Jackson to allow van der Zwaan to return to London as soon as possible where he lives with his wife, who is going through a hard pregnancy.

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"He is literally in limbo", Schwartz said.

But Van der Zwaan's apology and Schwartz's explanations for his client's actions appeared to ring hollow for the judge. "It would do the opposite", Jackson said.

"I assure you", she said, "that right now that while this might feel like the most momentous thing in your life, much of the story of your life, indeed the majority of the story of your life, has yet to be written".

But U.S. District Judge Amy Berman Jackson, citing the need to deter others from lying in an investigation of worldwide importance, said incarceration was necessary.

Manafort has acknowledged staying in frequent contact with Kilimnik during the time he worked for Trump's campaign.

Former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort leaves court last October. But this sentencing has nothing to do with Trump, the 2016 election, or Russian Federation. Stolen DNC emails had been released by WikiLeaks the previous month, and the hack was widely suspected to be the work of Russian Federation.

In Ukraine, Manafort worked on behalf of Russia-backed President Viktor Yanukovych and had personal business dealings with Russian aluminum magnate Oleg Deripaska.

Ms Tymoshenko, a former Ukrainian prime minister, was jailed in 2011 over a gas deal with Russian Federation, in charges she said were politically motivated.

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.

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