Attorney pleads guilty to lying to FBI in Russia probe

By Susan McFarland and Danielle Haynes  |  Updated Feb. 20, 2018 at 5:53 PM
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Feb. 20 (UPI) -- A New York-based Dutch attorney pleaded guilty Tuesday to lying to the FBI and the team of special counsel Robert Mueller amid its investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election.

An indictment unsealed Tuesday accused Alex Van Der Zwaan of "willfully and knowingly making materially false, fictitious and fraudulent statements."

The indictment said he made false statements regarding his work with a law firm on behalf of Ukraine's Ministry of Justice in 2012 to prepare a report on the trial of Ukrainian politician Yulia Tymoshenko.

Van Der Zwaan, who was charged Friday, also communicated with Richard Gates, a business associate of President Donald Trump's former campaign manager, Paul Manafort.

Gates and Manafort were indicted in October by a federal grand jury on charges that included conspiracy to launder money, conspiracy against the United States and failing to register as foreign agents of Ukraine's former pro-Russian government.

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