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FEATURING KEVIN GOSZTOLA – Special Counsel Robert Mueller, who has been tasked with unearthing wrongdoing in the 2016 election on Monday announced new charges against an attorney named Alex van der Zwaan. The attorney had worked for a law firm called Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom, or Skadden for short. The charges against van der Zwaan involve false statements about correspondence with Rick Gates, a former colleague of Donald Trump’s one-time campaign manager Paul Manafort.

This new charge comes days after Mueller’s team named a group of 13 Russian nationals charged with interfering in the US’s election. President Trump, who Mueller is reportedly preparing to directly question, spent the weekend hate-tweeting up a storm over the charges against Russians. Trump repeated his favorite refrain of “no collusion,” and alternated between targeting former President Obama, and Congressman Adam Schiff.

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Kevin Gosztola, managing editor of He also produces and co-hosts the weekly podcast, Unauthorized Disclosure.

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