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Alex van der Zwaan, an attorney, is accused of lying to investigators about his interactions with Rick Gates - the former Donald Trump campaign official and longtime associate of Paul Manafort who is also facing criminal charges in the special counsel's investigation - and an unidentified individual referred to in charging papers as "Person A".

Attorney Alex Van Der Zwaan pleaded guilty of lying to the Federal Bureau of Investigation about the contacts he had with members of the electoral campaign of the US President Donald Trump, about a report he prepared on former Ukrainian Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko.

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.

According to the plea deal, Van Der Zwaan told the special counsel that his last communication with Gates was an "innocuous text message" in August 2016, while in reality he had spoken to Gates about the Tymoshenko report in September 2016, "and surreptitiously recorded the calls".

An attorney for global law firm Skadden, Arps, Meagher, & Flom who helped whitewash the prosecution and imprisonment of Batkivshchyna Party leader Yulia Tymoshenko was charged with perjury in US federal court today.

As part of the plea agreement, the special counsel's office has agreed not to charge Van Der Zwaan with any further crimes related to the incident.

The 33-year-old Dutch lawyer is married to Eva Khan, the daughter of Ukrainian-Russian billionaire German Khan. Both Manafort and Gates maintain their not guilty pleas.

Van der Zwaan's lies involved a 2012 report prepared by Skadden and used to defend Yanukovych, then the Russia-aligned president of Ukraine, from worldwide criticism over the prosecution and incarceration of one of his political rivals, former Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko.

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It is unclear what role van der Zwaan played in crafting the report.

Former Donald Trump political adviser Sam Nunberg will be interviewed by the special counsel investigating Russian meddling in the 2016 election on Thursday, a person familiar with the matter said.

Yanukovych's government used the report to justify to the European Court of Human Rights the pre-trial detention by the Ukrainian government of former Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko, a Yanukovych rival, who was convicted in 2011 of embezzlement and corruption charges and sentenced to seven years in prison.

Skadden was paid only $12,000 during its work on the Tymoshenko report.

Van der Zwaan is accused of lying to investigators about his interactions with Gates during an interview with the Federal Bureau of Investigation late previous year, according to court papers.

During a court hearing last Wednesday, prosecutors did have a private exchange with Judge Amy Berman Jackson, who is handling the case against Manafort and Gates.

With an estimated fortune of $9.6 billion, according to Forbes, Khan is among Russia's richest businessmen. The dossier has become a political lightning rod because Steele's work was funded in part by Clinton's campaign and the Democratic National Committee.


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