Former US Prosecutor Says Alex van der Zwaan Case Not Uncommon

An attorney with ties to a former campaign aide for President Trump pleads guilty to lying to investigators for Special Counsel Robert Mueller in his probe of Russia’s influence into the 2016 presidential election. The lawyer, Alex van der Swaan, is accused of lying about his communication with Rick Gates, a deputy to Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort, who has been charged with money laundering and other violations.

Brian Poe, a former federal prosecutor and now criminal defense attorney, says lying to federal agents is not uncommon.

In reality, people lie to federal agents all the time and do not get charged. While I won’t say that it is rare for someone to be charged for lying to federal investigators, it’s not something you see in a majority of federal investigations conducted across the country. It looks like Mueller’s team is trying to leverage everyone they can find to testify against Paul Manafort. The more pressure they place on Manafort, the more likely he is to plead guilty and cooperate against others who might be involved.

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