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Manafort being investigated for collusion with Russian Federation: court filings

Manafort being investigated for collusion with Russian Federation: court filings

A federal judge sentenced Dutch lawyer Alexander van der Zwaan to 30 days in prison and a $20,000 fine for lying to Mueller's investigators about his connection to Rick Gates, a former aide to President Trump.

Van der Zwaan, who was also ordered to pay $20,000 in fines, pleaded guilty in late February to making "materially false, fictitious, and fraudulent statements and representations" to the special counsel's office and Federal Bureau of Investigation agents.

His connection to the Russian Federation probe runs through Rick Gates, former Trump campaign chair Paul Manafort's deputy.

He pleaded guilty on February 20 as Mueller intensified his investigation into potential collusion between Trump's presidential campaign and Russian Federation.

The company's lawyer, Marc Mukasey, said his clients are not the focus of Mueller's probe, the WSJ reported.

Mueller indicted van der Zwaan for making false statements of FBI investigators. Van der Zwaan, according to prosecutors, helped Gates with public relations related to the Tymoshenko report. "Because investigation of those matters was authorized, so was prosecution".

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Mueller's team argued that Rosenstein did have that power and used the August 2 memo to argue that Mueller had the authority to bring the indictments against Manafort related to his Ukraine work.

The court filing said van der Zwaan not only spoke with both Gates and the unnamed person about Skadden's report on a Ukrainian politician's controversial trial, but also destroyed evidence Mueller's office was seeking, including the September 2016 email. Late Monday night, Mueller said in a court filing that a separate memo from Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein specifically detailed his mandate, and he's consulted with Rosenstein over the course of the investigation.

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".

Assuming that the court sides with Mueller and denies Manafort's motion to dismiss, there may not be much of a defense that Manafort could mount.

None of the charges so far directly relate to the issue of alleged collusion between the Trump campaign and Moscow. Any investigation of links between Russia and the Trump campaign "would naturally cover ties that a former Trump campaign manager had to Russian-associated political operatives, Russian-backed politicians, and Russian oligarchs", according to the 53-page filing in federal court in Washington.