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Dutch Lawyer Sentenced to 30 Days in Russia Probe

by Countable | 4.3.18

UPDATE - April 3, 2018: Dutch attorney Alex van der Zwaan has been sentenced to 30 days in prison and ordered to pay a $20,000 fine for lying to special counsel Robert Mueller's team.

  • Van der Zwaan is the first person to be sentenced in Mueller's investigation into possible collusion between the Trump campaign and Moscow.

  • The onetime attorney pleaded guilty in February for making false statements to investigators about his interaction with former Trump campaign aide Rick Gates.

  • Appearing in federal court on Tuesday, Van der Zwaan told the judge:

"What I did was wrong. I apologize to the court for my conduct."

Countable's original story appears below.


Mueller Charges Dutch Lawyer

What’s the story?

Special counsel Robert Mueller has filed a charge against a lawyer for making false statements to investigators about his interaction with former Trump campaign aide Rick Gates.

He is scheduled to appear Tuesday afternoon in federal court in Washington.

Why does it matter?

As Bloomberg explained, "Alex Van Der Zwaan was charged Feb. 16 with lying to the FBI and Mueller’s office about conversations related to his work on a report prepared by his law firm on the legitimacy of the criminal prosecution of a former Ukrainian prime minister, Yulia Tymoshenko."

Zwaan – the son-in-law of a Ukrainian-Russian oligarch named in the controversial Donald Trump dossier – is also accused of deleting and failing to report emails requested by the special counsel’s office.

On Friday, Mueller brought charges against 13 Russians for interfering with the 2016 elections.

—Josh Herman

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  • Joanne
    02/20/2018
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    GO MUELLER!! It’s things like this that give me hope. KARMA is coming and I cannot wait!!!

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  • John
    02/20/2018
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    The investigation gets closer and closer to 45 and his spawn and his goons. The reign of El Dueche will soon be over. GOP, pay attention.

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  • Andy1
    02/20/2018
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    They’re all circling the drain. The end of this administration is getting closer and closer, and it can’t come soon enough

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  • BeStrong
    02/20/2018
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    And the beat goes on...13 Russians + 1 Dutch guy + 1 Manafort + 1 Gates + 1 Flynn + 1 Papadopoulos + 1 Guy from CA = 19 ... and counting. #ItsMuellerTime

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  • Chickie
    02/20/2018
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    Sit up and take notice all those in the House and Senate! This investigation is far from over. #45 and his team must be cranking up the air conditioners because the heat is licking at their heels. Mueller is doing an incredible job at discovering the truth; something #45 has issues with! #45 keeps Tweeting no collusion. He is desperately trying to use smoke and mirrors to deflect. But, Karma, she has no use for deceivers. As this investigation moves closer to Russia and Putin, the closer it moves to 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue!

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  • Marylynn
    02/20/2018
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    Cadet Bone Spurs will continue claiming no collusion, but me thinks he lies. It'll be interesting to hear what Gates tells Mueller about Manafort. He's made a plea deal to tell all. Kushner is also being looked at again regarding his failed bank deals with China and Qatar for his $1.5 billion office building in NYC. The indictments are stacking up and each day they're getting closer to you know who...

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  • Vanessa
    02/20/2018
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    Every time I see that little shit eating grin of Mitch McConnell, I am reminded we could have avoided all this turmoil, if only, he had allowed this Russia business to come out before the elections.. It’s time for him to go.,

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  • NoHedges
    02/20/2018
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    At least there is one Republican willing to stand up for the truth. 🛑Nothing is more important to this nation at our present juncture, than restoring internal and external trust. This begins by telling the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth. If our legislators cannot even be trusted to tell the truth, then they are worthless to both the present and the future of this country. 💣The current trust matrix within the nation and among our world partners is disgusting. It is a ticking bomb that has the potential to destroy our economy, our environment, our infrastructure, and much more. Restorative justice is long overdue. 🌈If there was no collusion, as Trump keeps spewing, then why is the GOP continuing to engage in its campaign of misinformation?

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  • JamisonH
    02/20/2018
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    Getting closer and closer...

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  • JayinNC
    02/20/2018
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    Since we will never be able to prosecute the Russians. I want to see trump kicked out the White House and thrown into prison. I hate that traitor beware the enemy from within. The house and senate needn’t must take action and remove the political bull and start acting like American leaders. Have you all forgotten his campaign calling Mexican murderers, thieves, relaxing gun laws. trump allowing oil companies to have access to public lands, and national parks to drill while fossil fuels are on there way out, and renewable energy is the future. Face it, you’re an idiot if you can’t admit that trump is worst president in the history. He is so narcissistic that he used the tragic murders in Florida to try and prove his innocence regarding conspiracy and obstruction of justice what sick individual. He also is an adulterous habitual liar so IMPEACH trump NOW.

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  • James
    02/20/2018
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    Mueller is a complete Bafoon! He knows there was no collusion between the Russians and Trump! The Russians just took out a lot of fake advertising and posted a lot of junk on Facebook to try and track peoples feelings about issues! They succeeded in getting a whole lot of people all riled up! There is no collusion! And as far as Muller is concerned? He’s just using this as a way to get at anyone involved with the President! And all the lefty goofs on Countable think the Goofball is great! Trump will in the Whitehouse until 2024! Ok? And for the mid term elections? Going to be a Conservative Victory!

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  • JTJ
    02/20/2018
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    Lies? Deleted emails? It was okay for Hillary to do that, so what’s the big deal.

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  • ldawg70
    02/21/2018
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    All fingers point to the DNC and the Obama Administration. If this investigation is legitimate; Mueller would start looking into the Obama Administration to include Hillary Clinton, Wassermann-Schultz and Comey for any illegal activity.

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  • Ureeka
    02/21/2018
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    Hey liberals, read this very closely. The money laundering “crime” happened in 2014. Obama’s watch NOT Trump’s!

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  • Countryfirst
    02/20/2018
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    Go Robert..get every LYING CORRUPT one of them..and congress wake up and impeach the moron in charge #45!!!

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  • Clint
    02/20/2018
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    There is nothing more important to this country at the moment than our president and the people he has put in place around him. What I want to know is what are you planning on doing to protect this country and it’s people from literally everything he does. I could give you a huge list but it’s been done. You’re all grown men. You know what’s happening. So you either agree with it or your scared. So I say this to you all. Man up or we find someone else who will.

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  • BeStrong
    04/03/2018
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    30 days in lock up and a free ticket home. Sounds like someone had a story to tell Mr Mueller. #ItsMuellerTime

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  • David
    02/22/2018
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    Let’s find out who broke into the DNC computer. Give the computer to the FBI and not a private, paid for by Hillary company. While your at it, look through the Hillary emails that were stored on her personal home computer that contain classified info. Maybe there’s some corruption there? A little destruction of evidence? How about the IRS scandal with Loretta Lynch? Why do I hear crickets?

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  • TRUMPGOLD2020
    02/21/2018
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    THERE IS NO COLLUSION WITH THE TRUMP CAMPAIGN AND RUSSIA! DUH! THIS HAS BEEN A FACT ALL ALONG! THE COLLUSION IS BETWEEN THE DNC AND RUSSIA...AND THIS ALSO HAS BEEN PROVEN AND KNOWN ALL ALONG! NOW PUT THE BRACELETS ON THE CLINTONS, OBAMAS, LYNCH, AND THE REST OF THE LYING ASS LIBTARDS AND PUT THEM IN GITMO! FOR LIFE

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  • Norm
    02/21/2018
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    Good! When you’re testifying under oath truth is expected. You’re not making up false, fake, or partial truths. Just the truth period.

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