Lawyer linked to ex-Trump aide gets jail

President Donald Trump departs the White House in Washington to board Marine One

Papadopoulos has pleaded guilty to lying to the Federal Bureau of Investigation about his Russia-related contacts during the campaign, including his communications with a London-based professor who told Papadopoulos the Russians held thousands of emails that would be damaging to Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton. He also admitted to withholding and deleting emails.

"The defendant was expressly warned by the government that it is a crime to lie to the Special Counsel's Office, that lying could constitute a federal crime, and that such conduct would carry with it the possibility of going to jail if he were convicted. van der Zwaan stated that he understood".

"What I did was wrong", he said to the judge, reading quietly from a single sheet of paper after his defense attorney and the prosecutor each spoke. "I apologize to my wife". "I apologize to my wife and to my family for the pain I have caused". The false statements concerned e-mail communications and phone calls between him and Richard Gates, an ex-campaign aide to President Donald Trump.

A former associate at the law firm Skadden Arps, Van der Zwaan, 33, was born in the Netherlands but lives now in London.

The description largely outlines the charges against Manafort, which mostly relate to allegations that he conspired to launder tens of millions of dollars he received from his Ukrainian political consulting including his work on Yanukovych's behalf. Manafort is awaiting trial and Gates, who pleaded guilty to reduced charges, is cooperating with Mueller.

He's the first person to be sentenced in special counsel Robert Mueller's probe. "This was lying to a federal officer in the course of a criminal investigation". Bloomberg reported that Manafort's spokesman did not respond when contacted.

According to the Associated Press, van der Zwaan's attorneys sought for him to pay a fine and leave the country as a sentence.

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"It is unusual conduct in the least to make a false statement and then provide proof of the false statement", Schwartz said.

He also is married to the daughter of billionaire German Khan who owns the Alfa Group, Russia's largest financial and industrial investment group.

Since his return in December, Schwartz said, van der Zwaan has been walled up in a residential hotel in Washington and unable to return to London, where his wife is undergoing a hard first pregnancy.

Van der Zwann had requested the judge recommend he be sent to a federal correctional complex in Allenwood, Pa., but the ultimate decision rests with the Bureau of Prisons. "It would do the opposite", Jackson said.

She also declined to offer sympathy to van der Zwann after his lawyers said he has been bored in a D.C. -area hotel for months with nothing to do but converse with attorneys. His lawyer argued van der Zwann deserved leniency for eventually coming clean about the wrongdoing - but U.S. District Judge Amy Berman Jackson was unmoved.

Manafort has acknowledged staying in frequent contact with Kilimnik during the time he worked for Trump's campaign.

A protester holds a sign as former Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort (R) arrives at the Albert V. Bryan U.S. Courthouse for an arraignment hearing on March 8, 2018 in Alexandria, Virginia.

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