The special counsel’s office investigating Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election, has charged a London lawyer with lying to investigators in the Russia probe.
CBS News (@CBSNews) reports, Mueller and the special counsel’s office are charging Alex Van Der Zwaan, who will before judge Amy Berman Jackson at 2:30 pm this afternoon. A document detailing the charge in DC federal district court said that Van Der Zwaan, on November 3, 2017 “did willfully and knowingly make materially false, fictitious, and fraudulent statements and representations” as he answered questions from the FBI regarding his work as an attorney at a law firm doing work for Ukraine.
The document says Van Der Zwaan lied about his communications in August 2016 with Rick Gates, a former Trump campaign adviser and associate of ex-campaign chairman Paul Manafort. Gates is expected to [plead guilty in a deal with Special Counsel’s Office and Robert Mueller, according to sources familiar with the negotiations.
It’s very likely that the arrest of the 13 Russian nationals last week, the charges against Van Der Zwaan, and the guilty plea by Rick Gates will all lead back to Paul Manafort, as he is expected to be charged in a superseding indictment that will include many more charges than the original ones he were charged with when first arrested.