On Tuesday, Dutch lawyer Alexander Van der Zwaan became the first person in special counsel Robert Mueller's Russia investigation to receive a prison sentence and a monetary fine after pleading guilty to charges of lying to FBI investigators.
The Daily Mail reports:
Van der Zwaan, a London-based lawyer who is the son of a Russian oligarch, has pleaded guilty to lying to the FBI investigators about his communications with former Trump deputy campaign manager Rick Gates. ...
According to his criminal information, he admitted to willingly making "false, fictitious and fraudulent statements" to the FBI. In fact, he spoke to both Gates and "Person A" in September 2016.
Van der Zwaan initially faced up to five years in prison, but because he cooperated with investigators, he was given a 30-day prison sentence and was instructed that he must pay a $20,000 fine.
Fox News reported that Van der Zwaan apologized for actions, saying, “What I did was wrong. I apologize to my wife and my family.”
The Wall Street Journal noted that Van der Zwaan said that he had lied to investigators "to protect his job as a lawyer at the firm Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP, but was fired from the firm."