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Mueller Releases Secret Memo Underpinning Manafort Probe

04 April 2018, 01:12 | Katrina Lee

Special Counsel Robert Mueller was appointed by Acting Attorney General Rod Rosenstein

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He argued that his guilty plea has been punishment enough because it will prohibit him from practicing law in the U.K. Van der Zwaan also said that his wife is expecting their first child in August.

Alex van der Zwaan, 33, a son-in-law of a prominent Russian-based banker, pleaded guilty February 20 to lying to the Federal Bureau of Investigation about his contacts in September and October of 2016 with a business associate of onetime Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort and with Manafort's deputy, former Trump aide Rick Gates. He is the first person to be sentenced in the Russian Federation probe.

According to the Wall Street Journal, Mueller, who is investigating Russian meddling in the 2016 American elections, met with Zamel and questioned him about his relationship with George Nader, who served as a political advisor to the UAE.

Van der Zwaan had faced zero to six months in prison under federal sentencing guidelines, and his attorneys had pushed for him to pay a fine and leave the country. Gates is cooperating with Mueller's investigation. "I apologize to the court for my conduct", van der Zwaan said in a short statement at his sentencing hearing. That sentence will be followed by two months of supervised release. Manafort's lawyers have alleged in court documents that Mueller's probe has now become an "unbounded exercise of prosecutorial authority [that] is wholly incompatible with our constitutional tradition".

Van der Zwaan told them that his last communication with Gates was in August 2016 and was an "innocuous text message", and that he hadn't spoken to Person A since 2014.

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Kilimnik has previously denied intelligence ties, telling The Washington Post in a statement in June that he has "no relation to the Russian or any other intelligence service".

She also declined to offer sympathy to van der Zwann after his lawyers said he has been bored in a D.C. -area hotel for months with nothing to do but converse with attorneys.

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

The first person has been jailed as part of the Federal Bureau of Investigation inquiry into alleged collusion between Donald Trump's presidential campaign team and Russian Federation. The Department of Justice is now working with the Russian government to extradite the 13 Russian nationals. Given that his co-defendant and associate Rick Gates already pleaded guilty and made a deal to cooperate with Mueller, Toobin thinks it's very likely that Manafort will do the same.

Mr Gates and Mr Manafort have been hit with a number of charges, including conspiracy to launder money and acting as "unregistered agents" of Mr Yanukovych and his party.



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