Muller Jails A Man, Has Nothing To Do With “Russian Interference”

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.

Alex van der Zwaan, a Dutch citizen who was educated in London, was sentenced to 30 days in prison and $20,000 in fines for lying to federal agents. Alex van der Zwaan is a lawyer who has worked for the major international firm Skadden Arps, where he was commissioned to work for pro-Russia clients in Ukraine and Russia.

In February, Mueller announced that van der Zwaan, the son-in-law of a Ukrainian-Russian oligarch, had lied to the FBI. So what was the blockbuster revelation, exactly? The Dutch lawyer pled guilty to making a false statement to investigators about which month he last communicated with former Trump campaign official Rick Gates and an unidentified associate of short-lived Trump campaign chief Paul Manafort.

During interviews with the FBI, van der Zwaan told the feds that he last spoke to Gates in August 2016, but it was later revealed that he spoke to Gates in September 2016. In the end, Mueller threw the book at a man simply for being one month off about his communications with Trump officials.