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Sketches of Van der Zwaan in court

U.S. Special Counsel Robert Mueller on Tuesday (February 20)stepped up pressure on two former Trump campaign aides to cooperate in his probe into possible collusion with Russia, unsealing a criminal charge against a lawyer for lying to Mueller's investigators.

The attorney, Alex van der Zwaan, the son-in-law of one of Russia’s richest men, pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court in Washington, D.C., to a charge of lying to the Special Counsel’s office. A U.S. judge set his sentencing for April 3.

The case involves work that London-based van der Zwaan, 33, performed in 2012 about Ukraine for Paul Manafort and Rick Gates, senior officials in Donald Trump’s 2016 election campaign.

The charge against van der Zwaan make no reference to Trump’s campaign or the 2016 election.

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