- Dutch attorney, 33, convicted of lying to federal agents
- Van der Zwaan pleaded guilty to lying about links with Rick Gates
Attorney Alex van der Zwaan, left, who formerly worked for the Skadden Arps law firm, arrives at a US district courthouse in Washington DC for his sentencing on Tuesday. Photograph: Alex Wong/Getty Images
A Dutch attorney was sentenced on Tuesday to 30 days in prison for lying to federal agents, in the first conviction obtained under the special counsel’s investigation of Russian election interference and alleged collusion between aides to Donald Trump and Moscow.
He was also ordered to pay a $20,000 fine.
A federal judge in Washington sentenced Alex van der Zwaan, a 33-year-old lawyer who previously worked with Paul Manafort, Trump’s former campaign manager.
Van der Zwaan had pleaded guilty to lying to the FBI about his contacts with the former Trump campaign adviser Rick Gates and a person the FBI has assessed as being tied to Russian military intelligence.
Manafort has pleaded not guilty to financial charges and denied any wrongdoing related to Russian election interference. The other Trump aides charged so far are Gates, the former national security adviser Michael Flynn and foreign policy adviser George Papadopoulos. All three have entered plea deals.