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Mueller charges lawyer with lying about contacts with former Trump campaign aide

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Special counsel Robert Mueller has indicted an attorney for allegedly lying to federal investigators about his interactions with former Trump campaign aide Richard Gates.

According to an indictment filed Friday, Alex Van der Zwaan misled investigators about when he last had contact with Gates and why an email between him and an unidentified third person was not provided to the special counsel’s office.

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Van der Zwaan had worked as an attorney for Skadden, Arps, Slate Meagher & Flom when the firm prepared a report for the Ukraine Ministry of Justice defending its prosecution of former Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko in 2012.

The indictment states that Van der Zwaan claimed his last interaction with Gates was an "innocuous text message" in August 2016, but he actually spoke with Gates in or around September 2016 and surreptitiously recorded the calls.

Gates and former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort are facing charges of money laundering and making false statements, including allegations related to their Ukrainian lobbying work. Both men have denied any wrongdoing.

The indictment of Van der Zwaan came on the same day the Justice Department announced Muller was charging 13 Russians for their role in efforts to interfere with the 2016 election.

Van der Zwaan has a plea hearing in federal court on Tuesday afternoon.

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