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Apr 6, 2018

This Week: Mueller Hands Down First Sentence; Manafort In Ever-Hotter Water

A busy week brought the first jail sentence to emerge from the Trump-Russia probe. Dutch lawyer Alex van der Zwaan was ordered to spend 30 days in jail and pay $20,000 for lying to Special Counsel Robert Mueller about conversations he had with Rick Gates, a relatively stiff sentence given that prosecutors weren’t specifically recommending prison time. We learned that the President is currently a “subject” but not a criminal “target” in the investigation — an assessment that could easily change. Significantly, Mueller told Trump’s legal team that he is preparing a report on the President’s actions in office and possible obstruction of justice. The probe into Paul Manafort appears quite active months after his indictments in two federal courts. Prosecutors revealed that they issued subpoenas this spring to obtain phone records linked to Manafort and related to “ongoing investigations.” Their list of warrants shows they seized bank accounts from three different financial institutions. Mueller’s team also disclosed that Deputy Attorney…

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