This usually would come with no prison time. The fact there is shows the pressure Mueller is using.
Mueller’s team argued during van der Zwaan’s sentencing that the judge needed to be tough to make sure witnesses cooperate with federal prosecutors.
“We count on people to tell us the truth,” Andrew Weissman, a prosecutor on the Mueller team, told the court Tuesday.
It’s unclear when the next person charged in the Mueller probe might face sentencing, but the fact that van der Zwaan got jail time suggests they are likely to face stiff penalties.