11:01, February 20 268 0

2018-02-20 11:01:07
Skadden lawyer charged with lying in FBI Russia probe

US special counsel Robert Mueller has charged Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom London associate Alex Van Der Zwaan with making false statements as part of the FBI’s investigation into Russian collusion during the 2016 presidential election.

According to Bloomberg, charges against Van Der Zwaan were filed on 16 February, stating that the lawyer lied to investigators about a report he helped to prepare into the trial of Ukrainian politician, Yulia Tymoshenko, who stood against the pro-Russia president Viktor Yanukovych in 2010.

Four years later, Yanukovych was forced to flee the country following nationwide protests over allegations of corruption. The revolution led to the destabilising of relations between Russia and Ukraine.

Van Der Zwaan is thought to have lied to investigators about conversations he had with former Trump adviser Richard Gates, who was indicted in October on fraud-related charges.

Paul Manafort, a member of Trump’s campaign team, was also charged with conspiracy to launder money, conspiracy to defraud the United States and failure to register as foreign agents in connection with their political work for a pro-Russia party in Ukraine.

A spokesperson for Skadden said: “The firm terminated its employment of Alex van der Zwaan in 2017 and has been cooperating with authorities in connection with this matter.”