Trump Campaign Aide Admits to Lying to the Feds

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Alex van der Zwaan leaves Federal District Court in Washington, Tuesday, Feb. 20, 2018. Alex van der Zwaan, who worked at the law firm Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom until he was fired last year formally pleaded guilty to a single charge of making false statements. He admitted Tuesday he lied to federal investigators working for special counsel Robert Mueller. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)
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Alex van der Zwaan leaves Federal District Court in Washington, Tuesday, Feb. 20, 2018. Alex van der Zwaan, who worked at the law firm Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom until he was fired last year formally pleaded guilty to a single charge of making false statements. He admitted Tuesday he lied to federal investigators working for special counsel Robert Mueller. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

Alex van der Zwaan leaves Federal District Court in Washington, Tuesday, Feb. 20, 2018. Alex van der Zwaan, who worked at the law firm Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom until he was fired last year formally pleaded guilty to a single charge of making false statements. He admitted Tuesday he lied to federal investigators working for special counsel Robert Mueller. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

An attorney for a prominent law firm is pleading guilty to lying to federal authorities about his interactions with a former Trump campaign associate. Alex van der Zwaan is entering the plea in federal court in Washington where he is admitting to lying to special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigators about his interactions with Rick Gates. Gates is a former aide on President Donald Trump’s campaign and a longtime associate of former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort.

The charge against van der Zwaan does not involve election meddling or the Trump campaign’s operations. It stems from the special counsel’s investigation into a covert Washington lobbying campaign Manafort and Gates are accused of directing on behalf of pro-Russian Ukrainian interests. Manafort and Gates have pleaded not guilty.

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