US Special Counsel Robert Mueller has connected a former official on Donald Trump’s presidential campaign to a person with ties to a Russian intelligence service.
Former Trump deputy campaign chairman Rick Gates and the unidentified person were in touch in September and October 2016, a fact that prosecutors say is “pertinent to the investigation,” according to a new court filing.
The filing released on Tuesday night is connected to the sentencing of Dutch lawyer Alex van der Zwaan, who pleaded guilty in February to lying to the special counsel about his interactions with Gates.
In an opposing 30-page memorandum also filed Tuesday evening, van der Zwaan implored for leniency and asked the judge to let him pay an “appropriate fine” instead of sending him to jail next week.
The Dutch lawyer will be the first defendant in Mueller’s probe to face sentencing on April 3.
“(H)is world has collapsed as a result of his decision to lie to law…