The son-in-law of Russian oligarch German Khan, one of Russia's wealthiest men, will plead guilty on the charge of lying to special counsel Robert Mueller in the course of his investigation into Russian election meddling.
Alex Van der Zwaan allegedly made false statements to the FBI regarding work he did for high powered law firm Skadden Arps. Van der Zwaan is also an associate of Paul Manafort, who faces fraud and money laundering charges stemming from the Mueller investigation.
Another Manafort associate, Rick Gates, faces similar charges but is reportedly in plea talks with Mueller's office.
Alex Van der Zwaan was charged with one count of making false statements, a felony, about his work as an attorney employed by a law firm engaged in 2012 by the Ukraine Ministry of Justice to prepare a report on the trial of former Ukrainian prime minister Yulia Tymoshenko.
Tymoshenko was imprisoned by former president Viktor Yanukovych for signing a controversial gas supply deal in 2009 with Russia. Van der Zwaan is the son-in-law of Russian oligarch German Khan.
According to charging documents, Van der Zwaan allegedly lied to the FBI and Mueller's office regarding his last contact with Gates and another person, named only as "Person A", which Van der Zwaan claimed was run-of-the-mill, harmless communication.
Prosecutors alleged Van der Zwaan spoke with Gates and Person A regarding the report on Tymoshenko and recorded the calls. Van der Zwaan also allegedly “deleted and otherwise did not produce emails” sought by prosecutors and an unnamed law firm.