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Alex van der Zwaan is accused of lying to investigators re his interactions w/ Rick Gates & "Person A" and of deleting & failing to produce emails btwn him & Person A to Mueller. van der Zwaan also secretly recorded phone calls with Gates & Person A.
Alex van der Zwaan [charged by Mueller with lying to the FBI re contacts w/ex-Trump campaign official Rick Gates] is the son-in-law of German Khan, co-founder [along w/Mikhail Fridman] of Russian mafia-linked Alfa Bank [of Trump Tower server fame].
ICYMI: Alex Van Der Zwaan, was 1 of 8 @SkaddenArps attys involved in writing a report commissioned by ex-Trump campaign mgr, Paul Manafort, that whitewashed Yanukovych's record. Manafort's daughter was an assoc at Skadden, Arps.
via @kenvogel #Maddow
Manafort asked Skadden attys [including Alex Van Der Zwaan, son-in-law of Russian oligarch German Khan, owner of Alfa Bank → linked to RU mafia boss Mogilevich] to write a report clearing Yanukovych of prosecuting his political rival Tymoshenko.
Recall: In 2011, Tymoshenko sued Manafort, along w/ his biz partner Zackson [Fred Trump's former aide], Russian mafia boss Mogilevich, & oligarch/RU mobster Dmitry Firtash, alleging their $885M Drake Hotel project was a money laundering operation.
Manafort's alliance with Dmitry Firtash & Russian mafia boss Mogilevich to acquire the Drake Hotel also involved Russian oligarch Oleg Deripaska, according to a 2008 memo written by Rick Gates to Deripaska associates [uncovered in Aug 2017].
BREAKING: Skadden, Arps atty Alex Van Der Zwaan [who worked for Manafort 6 years ago] is set to plead guilty to false statement about his communication with Rick Gates in Mueller's Russia probe & has arrived at FBI DC field office for booking.
ICYMI: Alex Van Der Zwaan's father-in-law, Russian oligarch German Khan, is a co-founder of Russian mafia-linked Alfa Bank, which is mentioned in the Steele dossier. Alfa founders Khan, Fridman, & Aven are suing Buzzfeed for publishing the dossier.
In Sep, Mueller obtained Manafort files from a 2014 FBI opo tracking international kleptocracy whose target was Manafort-Gates client, Ukrainian Pres Yanukovych. Mueller's had this info since Sep but didn't charge Alex Van Der Zwaan until Feb 13 😉
Mueller's latest guilty plea may signal that he's ramping up pressure on Paul Manafort. Until Sep 2017, Alex Van Der Zwaan was an atty at Skadden law firm, which is also under DOJ scrutiny for Manafort's laundering scheme & cooperating w/ Mueller.
Alex van der Zwaan's Plea Agreement & Statement of Offense are both are dated Feb 14. His proffer agreement is dated Dec 1, 2017 😏
Plea agreement:…
Statement of offense:…
via @zoetillman #Maddow…
Note: 11 days after Alex van der Zwaan's proffer agreement with Mueller, ATB, the Dutch subsidiary of Russia's Alfa Bank [owned by his father-in-law, Russian oligarch German Khan, Fridman & Aven], was raided in money laundering investigation.
Mueller team's Weissmann oversaw DOJ fraud case against VimpelCom [owned by Alfa Bank's Fridman, Aven, & Alex van der Zwaan's father-in-law, Khan]. Vimpelcom was charged w/bribery, using accounts from Alfa/ATB bank [raideded in laundering probe] 😏
ICYMI: On Feb 22, 2016, then-DOJ fraud section chief Weissmann & VimpelCom [owned by Alfa Bank founders Fridman, Aven, & Alex van der Zwaan's father-in-law, German Khan] entered into a Deferred Prosecution Agreement & VimpelCom paid a $460M fine.
Coincidently, in 2010 when Paul Manafort's longtime client, Viktor Yanukovych, was almost beaten by political rival Yulia Tymoshenko in the Ukrainian presidential race, they decided to #LockHerUp. Seriously, you can't make this up.
@maddow #Maddow
MARCH 2013: A small group of bankers & lawyers gathered in Deutsche Bank offices to monitor the transfer of nearly $28B from Russia's state-owned Rosneft to 4 oligarchs: Fridman, Vekselberg, Blavatnik & Van der Zwaan's father-in-law, German Khan.
Person A: VAN DER ZWAAN claimed his last comms w/Person A [longtime Manafort & Gates' Ukraine business assoc] in 2014. BUT, at Gates request in Sep 2016, VDZ called Person A & discussed in Russian that charges might be brought against an ex-Ukrainian Justice Minister. 1/2
Sep 1, 2016: Criminal charges were brought against ex-Ukrainian Justice Minister Lavynovych over how Skadden was paid for the "Manafort paper"

GOTCHA: Van der Zwaan's "Person A" is Dmytro Firtash
[Ukraine biz assoc of Manafort & Gates + Lavynovych's political backer] 2/2
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