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Robert Mueller Indicts Rick Gates's Attorney, Marking the 22nd Indictment in the Russia Probe

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Robert Mueller Indicts Rick Gates's Attorney, Marking the 22nd Indictment in the Russia Probe
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Special Counsel Robert Mueller has issued a new indictment in the Russia probe, this time against an attorney linked to Rick Gates, Paul Manafort's former business partner.

Alex Van Der Zwaan, an attorney, faces an indictment for lying to federal authorities over conversations he allegedly had about activities in Ukrainian politics.

Attorney Alex van der Zwaan leaves U.S District Court after pleading guilty during a scheduled appearance February 20, 2018, in Washington, DC. Van der Zwaan has been charged by Mueller's investigative team with making false statements during their investigation into Russian election meddling.

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Robert Mueller charges lawyer in Russia probe

Van Der Zwaan is the latest casualty in Mueller's probe into possible collusion between then-candidate Donald Trump's associates and Russia during the 2016 presidential election.

The three-page indictment alleges that Van Der Zwaan "did willfully and knowingly make materially false, fictitious, and fraudlent statements and representations in a matter within the jurisdiction of the executive branch of the government of the United States." Zwaan is purported to have "falsely stated and represented to the Special Counsel's office, including Special Agents of the Federal Bureau of Investigation" surrounding his work with a Ukranian law firm in 2012.


This marks the 22nd indictment directly relating to the Russia probe by the Special Counsel's office. President Donald Trump continues to assert that there was no collusion.


Earlier this month, American intelligence chiefs unanimously confirmed that Russia did in fact meddle in the election.

Van Der Zwaan is expected to plead guilty this afternoon.

Van Der Zwaan is no stranger to the seemingly endless web of tangential connections to alleged Russian oligarchs.

"Van der Zwaan's father-in-law is Russian oligarch German Khan, a founder of Alfa Group (which owns Alfa Bank), who has sued BuzzFeed over publication of the Steele Dossier," Alex Parker noted on Twitter.

The Special Counsel's office is reportedly investigating Trump's son-in-law and advisor, Jared Kushner, as well as Trump's eldest son, Donald Trump Jr., as part of their Russia probe.

Both Kushner and Trump Jr. may face charges at the state level, to which presidential pardons do not apply.