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Alex van der Zwaan outside a federal courthouse Tuesday. Photo: Alex Wong / Getty Images

Dutch lawyer Alex van der Zwaan was sentenced to 30 days in prison and $20,000 in fines Tuesday. This comes after van der Zwaan pleaded guilty in February to lying to FBI agents about his communications with deputy Trump campaign manager Rick Gates and an unidentified individual, labeled "Person A" in court documents, who is believed to have ties to Russian intelligence.

Why it matters: The decision marks the the first sentencing in Special Counsel Robert Mueller's investigation.

"What I did was wrong. I apologize to the court for my conduct.”
— van der Zwaan in court Tuesday

The backdrop:

  • Special Counsel Bob Mueller’s team did not recommend a specific sentence for van der Zwaan, per National Law Journal.
  • van der Zwaan faced up to 5 years in prison and $250,000 in fines.

Go deeper: Alex van der Zwaan's links to Paul Manafort, Trump's former campaign chairman

Go deeper

Updated 4 hours ago - Politics & Policy

Coronavirus dashboard

Illustration: Sarah Grillo/Axios

  1. Health: WHO: AstraZeneca vaccine must be evaluated on "more than a press release."
  2. Politics: McConnell temporarily halts in-person lunches for GOP caucus.
  3. Economy: Safety nets to disappear in DecemberAmazon hires 1,400 workers a day throughout pandemic.
  4. Education: U.S. public school enrollment drops as pandemic persists.
  5. Cities: Surge in cases forces San Francisco to impose curfew — Los Angeles County issues stay-at-home order, limits gatherings.
  6. Sports: NFL bans in-person team activities Monday, Tuesday due to COVID-19 surge — NBA announces new coronavirus protocols.
  7. World: London police arrest more than 150 during anti-lockdown protests — Thailand, Philippines sign deal with AstraZeneca for vaccine.

Tony Hsieh, longtime Zappos CEO, dies at 46

Tony Hsieh. Photo: FilmMagic/FilmMagic

Tony Hsieh, the longtime ex-chief executive of Zappos, died on Friday after being injured in a house fire, his lawyer told the Las Vegas Review-Journal. He was 46.

The big picture: Hsieh was known for his unique approach to management, and following the 2008 recession his ongoing investment and efforts to revitalize the downtown Las Vegas area.

Dan Primack, author of Pro Rata
16 hours ago - Economy & Business

The unicorn stampede is coming

Illustration: Annelise Capossela/Axios

Airbnb and DoorDash plan to go public in the next few weeks, capping off a very busy year for IPOs.

What's next: You ain't seen nothing yet.