Mueller’s office just drew the closest link yet between a Trump campaign aide and a mysterious former Russian intelligence officer

From Business Insider:

Rick Gates, the former deputy chairman of Donald Trump’s presidential campaign, was aware that he was communicating with someone linked to Russian intelligence before the 2016 US election, new court filings say.

The special counsel Robert Mueller’s office disclosed the information late Tuesday in documents related to the sentencing of Alex van der Zwaan, a Dutch lawyer.

Van der Zwaan pleaded guilty last month to one count of making false statements to investigators in the Russia investigation, which is examining the extent of Russia’s interference in the 2016 election and whether members of the Trump campaign colluded with Moscow to sway the race in Trump’s favor.

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