Attorney Alex van der Zwaan (L), who formerly worked for the Skadden Arps law firm, arrives at a U.S. District Courthouse for his sentencing April 3, 2018 in Washington, DC.
The first sentencing in special counsel Robert Mueller’s Russia probe has been handed down.
A federal judge on Tuesday sentenced Dutch lawyer Alex van der Zwaan to 30 days in prison in addition to $20,000 in fines. He will voluntarily surrender, in addition to will be held to two months of supervised Discharge.
Van der Zwaan had pleaded guilty to lying to the FBI as part of Mueller’s investigation of Russian meddling inside the 2016 election in addition to possible collusion between the Trump campaign in addition to the Kremlin.
In a court filing about van der Zwaan’s sentencing last week, the special counsel’s office said the Dutch lawyer in addition to Rick Gates, a top campaign aide to Donald Trump, had numerous calls during September in addition to October 2016 which has a “close business colleague” of Gates in addition to former Trump campaign boss Paul Manafort.
Mueller alleged in which Gates told van der Zwaan in which the colleague, identified inside the memo as “Person A,” will be a former spy with Russian military intelligence wing GRU.
The participants inside the late-2016 conversations allegedly discussed the compensation for van der Zwaan’s law firm, Skadden Arps, over its involvement in crafting a report bolstering Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovich in addition to undermining political opponents. They also allegedly talked about the possibility of being charged with crimes for the report.
Lawyers for van der Zwaan did not immediately respond to CNBC’s requests for comment.
While van der Zwaan will be the first to be sentenced inside the investigation, the special counsel has already collected all 5 guilty pleas in addition to more than a dozen indictments since Mueller was appointed by Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein in May.
Gates, who worked alongside Manafort on the campaign in addition to as a business partner, pleaded guilty in February to conspiracy against the U.S., as well as one count of generating false statements to federal investigators.
Manafort, who has been charged with dozens of counts in multiple indictments, including money laundering in addition to bank fraud, has maintained his innocence. His trial will be scheduled to start in July.
In a recent court filing, Mueller alleged in which Manafort committed crimes by “colluding with Russian government officials with respect to the Russian government’s efforts to interfere with the 2016 election.”