Dutch attorney in Mueller investigation gets 30 days in prison

WASHINGTON ― A federal judge on Tuesday sentenced Alex van der Zwaan to 30 days in prison, a $20,000 fine and two months' supervised release, making him the first person to be sentenced as part of special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation into whether President Donald Trump's campaign colluded with Russian Federation in the 2016 election.

Van der Zwaan, who was sacked past year by the high-powered global law firm Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom, admitted in February to lying to federal agents about his contacts with Gates and the person with ties to Russian intelligence.

Beyond the 30 days in prison, van der Zwaan was also fined $20,000.

Special Counsel Robert Mueller's investigation into collusion between Russian Federation and the Trump campaign has claimed its first scalp.

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

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The media may hype the van der Zwaan sentencing as proof that Mueller is "working up to the head of the snake" as part of his quest to take down President Trump. Politico reports that his lawyers had asked the judge to let him return home to London by August, when his wife is due to give birth.

Jackson said she recognized that van der Zwaan has been away from his family for months, but the defense's attempts to paint him as a tragic figure didn't ring true. Trump has also denied any collusion between himself and the Kremlin and has called Mueller's investigation a "witch hunt".

Former Trump campaign deputy chairman Rick Gates, Trump's former national security adviser Michael Flynn, and former Trump campaign foreign policy adviser George Papadopoulos have all reached plea deals, but their sentencings are on hold as they cooperate with prosecutors.

In March, the United States imposed sanctions on 19 Russians, including 13 people charged by Mr Mueller's inquiry, over accusations of interference in the 2016 election and alleged cyber-attacks.

Van der Zwaan previously worked for the law firm Skadden Arps, Slate, Meagher and Flom.

The report prepared by Skadden was used to defend Ukraine's then pro-Russia President Viktor Yanukovych from global criticism over the jailing of Ms Tymoshenko, a bitter rival who he defeated to become president in 2010.

He faces tax and fraud charges in the second indictment, and conspiracy and money laundering in the first. He has pleaded not guilty to the charges and is seeking to have the case against him dismissed.

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