Collusion craze: Mueller memo says Trump aide contacted 'assessed' Russian spy

Zeldin Lawyers had conflict with Russia probe

Zeldin Lawyers had conflict with Russia probe

Rick Gates, the former Donald Trump campaign adviser who pled guilty in February to conspiracy against the United States and making false statements, was "having substantive conversations" with someone he knew was a former Russian Intelligence Officer in 2016, according to a new filing by special counsel Robert Mueller. While Manafort claims that he didn't know that Kilimnik had Russian intelligence ties, the special counsel alleges that Manafort's right hand man, Rick Gates, knew that Person A was a former Russian Intelligence Officer with the GRU (Russia's military).

Three days after van der Zwaan's guilty plea, Gates flipped his plea, admitted financial fraud and lying to investigators, and began cooperating with Mueller. Gates worked for Paul Manafort, the indicted former Trump campaign chairman, as a political consultant in Ukraine for a decade.

Had Trump-Russia believers read Mueller's memo more carefully, they might have noticed it specifically states that the conversations between "Person A", van der Zwaan and Gates "concerned potential criminal charges in Ukraine" about a report concerning the corruption trial of a former government official and the compensation Gates and Manafort were paid for their lobbying work, rather than anything pertaining to the Trump campaign or the U.S. presidential election. According to the sentencing motion filed Tuesday, van der Zwaan's lies "were material" to the special counsel's investigation, and directly involved communications with Gates and "Person A", a former GRU officer.

Mueller's prosecutors have introduced evidence that Manafort emailed Kilimnik as recently as November 29, about changes to an editorial that ran in an English-language Ukrainian newspaper about his case.

The Special Counsel's Office is demanding jail time for a lawyer who pleaded guilty for lying to prosecutors.

Van der Zwaan, a Dutch citizen, is a former associate at Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom, a prominent US -based law firm.

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That line is drawn in a new court filing related to the upcoming sentencing of London attorney Alex van der Zwaan. However, Kilimnik's involvement with Manafort and Gates was known since at least early 2017, when he gave an interview to Radio Free Europe, an outlet funded by the U.S. government.

Mr. van der Zwaan was an attorney at a firm that worked with Mr. Manafort and Mr. Gates to prepare a report used to defend Viktor F. Yanukovych, the former Ukrainian president, from worldwide criticism over the prosecution and incarceration of one of his political rivals.

What's particularly significant in the Mueller filing, though, are six words: "and had such ties in 2016". Van der Zwaan had recorded those calls, but in his first meeting with investigators, represented by a Skadden partner, he failed to tell investigators about the recordings, according to the filings.

Within days, van der Zwaan made a decision to come clean.

Van Der Zwaan says he turned over "numerous electronic devices to Skadden", which were handed over to Mueller's team.

"To the extent the Court seeks to take into account the circumstances of van der Zwaan's wife's pregnancy, consideration of that circumstance would not preclude a term of incarceration", the special counsel's office wrote.

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