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Dutch Lawyer Becomes First Person Sentenced In Mueller Probe

Alex van der Zwaan was sentenced to 30 days in prison and was fined $20,000.
Posted at 10:00 AM, Jun 29, 2018

Alex van der Zwaan was sentenced to 30 days in prison Tuesday. 

The Dutch national is the first person sentenced in special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 U.S. presidential election.

Back in February, van der Zwaan pleaded guilty to lying to federal agents about his conversations with former Trump campaign aide Rick Gates. 

Mueller and his team questioned van der Zwaan because he and his law firm wrote a report for a pro-Russian government in Ukraine back in 2012. Prosecutors said he talked with Gates about that work.

Beyond the 30 days in prison, van der Zwaan was also fined $20,000. 

Additional reporting from Newsy affiliate CNN