Russian Federation inquiry: Lawyer jailed for 30 days

Russian Federation inquiry: Lawyer jailed for 30 days

"I apologise to this court, and I apologise to my wife", van der Zwaan said at the hearing in federal court in Washington.

In pleading guilty, he admitted he lied to Federal Bureau of Investigation agents about previous communications with Rick Gates, a Manafort protege who held a senior position in the Trump campaign, and that he also withheld and deleted emails.

He looked the judge in the eye and said, "What I did was wrong".

"We're not talking about a traffic ticket", US District Judge Amy Jackson told Van Der Zwaan, emphasizing that his behavior had taken on greater importance because of gravity of the investigation that he had been dragged into.

Van der Zwaan worked with Gates and Manafort during his tenure in London at the prestigious law firm Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom, which fired him past year.

In a detailed, 53-page defense, Mueller's team countered late Monday that an investigation of possible links between the Trump campaign and Russia would "naturally cover ties" between the campaign's chairman and "Russian associated political operatives, Russian-backed politicians and Russian oligarchs".

Van der Zwaan told the court he was sorry for what he did.

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According to court documents, Van der Zwaan "wilfully and knowingly" made false statements to investigators while answering questions about a report prepared in 2012 by his former law firm for the Ukrainian Ministry of Justice on the trial of Yulia Tymoshenko.

The first person has been jailed as part of the Federal Bureau of Investigation inquiry into alleged collusion between Donald Trump's presidential campaign team and Russian Federation.

Special counsel Robert Mueller has secured the first sentence in his probe into Russian election meddling, but the sentence has nothing to do with the 2016 election or Russian interference. Trump's former national security adviser Michael Flynn and former Trump campaign aide George Papadopoulos also have pleaded guilty. His life has been destroyed by his "terrible decision" to lie to federal authorities, they said. "We're not talking about a traffic ticket", she said. "This is something he did", she said. The firm fired him a year ago and is cooperating with the investigation, BBC reports.

His lawyer, William Schwartz, asserted that van der Zwann worked to correct the record with the special counsel because he realized that he had made a "terrible mistake". "This is not an isolated instance of bad judgment or criminal conduct", prosecutor Andrew Weissmann said.

Manafort, who filed not guilty pleas for charges of money laundering, conspiracy, and making false claims about his foreign lobbying, has sought to dismiss the indictments against him by claiming the prosecution overstepped its authority.

A court filing Monday night revealed an August 2 memo that showed the Department of Justice's backing authorized Mueller to go after Manafort for allegedly working with Russian Federation to interfere in the election "in violation of United States law".

The sentencing came just hours after prosecutors revealed that Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein had in August explicitly authorized the Justice Department's special counsel to investigate allegations that Manafort colluded with the Russian government. He has pleaded not guilty and denied any wrongdoing related to Russian election interference.

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