On Tuesday, a Dutch lawyer who lied to investigators received the first prison sentence related to the probe.
Van der Zwaan was a London-based associate of a high-powered law firm called Skadden, Arps, Meagher & Flom in the early 2010s. That individual, identified only as "Person A" in the filings from Mueller's team, is believed to be Konstantin Kilimnik, who worked for Manafort's lobbying firm in Ukraine, according to Reuters.
The judge said she was disappointed van der Zwaan did not write a letter to the court on his own behalf to express remorse, and said it would not deter others if she merely let him "write a check and walk away".
The judge said van der Zwaan, unlike some defendants who have come before her, possesses the financial and emotional resources to weather hard times.
It comes about two months after the 33-year-old pleaded guilty to lying to federal agents about his contacts with former Trump campaign adviser Rick Gates and a person that the FBI has assessed as being tied to Russian military intelligence.
"He is literally in limbo", Schwartz said. "I apologise to this court, and I apologise to my wife", Mr van der Zwaan said at the sentencing hearing.
Van der Zwaan had pleaded guilty in February. He also had lied years ago about helping Gates to spin an independent report he worked on in favor of Gates' and Manafort's political clients in Ukraine. In addition to authorizing the Russian Federation collusion investigation of Manafort, Rosenstein also specifically authorized Mueller to investigate any crimes related to payments Manafort received from the Ukrainian government during the tenure of former Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych. Gates and Manafort worked closely with Yanukovych before he was removed from power in 2014. His lawyers had asked the US District Court judge in Washington to let him return to London by August, when his wife is due to give birth. According to the indictment, Federal Bureau of Investigation agents personally questioned van der Zwaan in November 2017 about his communications with Gates and an unidentified Person A.
Prosecutors said van der Zwaan was lying, and that he spoke to Gates and Person A in September 2016 using encrypted communications - conversations that he recorded, including a separate conversation he had with Gregory Craig, a Skadden senior partner overseeing work involving Manafort.
In addition, the Ukrainian government claimed to have paid only $12,000 for the report, an amount that put it just below the limit that would have required competitive bidding for the project under Ukrainian law.
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