Alex Van Der Zwaan, an attorney for a top-rated New York law firm, was charged Feb. 16, in Federal court in Washington by Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s office for making false statements to the FBI, as first reported by Bloomberg.
Van Der Zwaan’s indictment is related to a report he helped prepare for the trial of a Ukrainian politician, Yulia Tymoshenko, according to news reports and court documents.
Van Der Zwaan, identified on his LinkedIn page as an associate in the London office of Skadden, Arps, Slate Meagher & Flom, was questioned regarding the firm’s work in 2012 on behalf of the Ukraine Ministry of Justice. He allegedly lied to investigators about his last communications with Richard Gates, who was indicted in October with ex-Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort over their consulting work in Ukraine.
The lawyer also allegedly lied about his talks with someone else, referred to by the government as “Person A.” Van Der Zwaan deleted and failed to produce emails sought by the special counsel and a law firm, prosecutors said.
The Justice Department had asked Skadden for information and documents related to its work for the Yanukovych government, the New York Times reported in September.
The firm produced a report earlier in the decade for the pro-Russian government in Ukraine that largely defended the prosecution and conviction of Tymoshenko. The report defied the view held by the U.S. and the European Union that the case against her was politically motivated. The firm’s $12,000 fee was modest, just below the amount that required public bidding.