The son-in-law of one of Russia's wealthiest oligarchs is expected to face sentencing Thursday, making 33-year-old Alexander van der Zwaan the first to be sentenced in special counsel Robert Mueller's Russia investigation.
Van der Zwaan pleaded guilty in February to lying to investigators regarding his communication with Trump campaign official Rick Gates.
The former lawyer for Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom admitted that he originally withheld information on 2016 exchanges he had with Gates and a “person A,” when speaking to investigators.
“Person A” is a former officer for Russia’s GRU military who still had ties to the agency, and Gates was aware of his past, according to documents filed last week by Special Counsel Robert Mueller.
"Person A" is suspected to be Konstantin Kilimnik, a Paul Manafort employee, though Kilimnik denies any links to Russian intelligence.
Van der Zwaan is facing a potential five year prison sentence, but prosecutors have indicated he likely will serve nowhere near that time:
The Dutch citizen’s team has said that he withheld information from investigators because he was being represented by his colleagues at Skadden, and did not want to divulge that he had surreptitiously recorded one of the firm’s partners.
It argues that he should receive no jail time, though prosecutors said that he should because his family connections’ wealth would make a simple fine meaningless.
Prosecutors said that any sentence should set him free to return to London before the birth of his child in August.
Along with two other Alfa Bank owners, Khan has filed a defamation suit against Fusion GPS, the Washington private intelligence firm that hired former British spy Christopher Steele to research Trump’s ties to Russia during the campaign. Steele’s reports had included allegations about Alfa Bank and its ties to Russian President Vladimir Putin.