Breaking Down Mueller's Latest Indictment In Bulletpoints
By: Kayla Pasacreta
Special Counsel Robert Mueller charged Alex Van Der Zwaan Tuesday morning with "willfully and knowingly make materially false, fictitious, and fraudulent statements," regarding his communications with former Trump campaign aide Rick Gates. This indictment is a little more puzzling to understand, so keep reading as we break it down for you!
Who tf is Alex Van Der Zwaan?
- Zwaan has worked for some of the most powerful law-firms in the world. His work is centered around (you guessed it) the Soviet Union.
- This indictment comes just 3 days after Mueller indicted 13 Russian nationalists for tampering with the 2016 US Election.
What was he charged with?
- FBI agents questioned him in November 2017 with former Trump campaign aide (and deputy to Paul Manafort) Rick Gates and an unidentified "Person A". Zwaan said their communication was minimal, nothing more than "innocuous text message", and insisted he hadn't spoken to the "Person A" in 3 years. This, Mueller's team found out, was a lie, and Zwaan was in fact in constant secret contact with both Gates and "Person A".
Why does this matter?
What does Mueller get from this?
- If Zwaan pleads guilty and is willing to spill the beans on former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort, Manafort may then spill the beans on Trump's personal ties with Russia..which will answer the question if Trump was really in on all of this Russia collusion.