US Indicts Russian Lawyer at Heart of Trump Tower Meeting

US Indicts Russian Lawyer at Heart of Trump Tower Meeting

US Indicts Russian Lawyer at Heart of Trump Tower Meeting

A Russian lawyer who met senior aides of Donald Trump in NY during the 2016 election campaign has been charged with obstruction of justice in a separate case that suggests she is closer to the Kremlin than she had admitted. She attended a meeting at Trump Tower with Donald Trump Jr and Jared Kushner, President Trump's son-in-law, in June 2016 on the premise of offering "dirt" on...

Ms Veselnitskaya emerged as a critical figure in special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation into possible collusion between Russian Federation and Mr Trump's 2016 presidential campaign because of her meeting with Trump campaign aides in NY in the run-up to the election.

According to an indictment unsealed Tuesday by the Southern District of New York, Veselnitskaya allegedly worked with a senior Russian prosecutor to draft the findings and misled the court. He said that the conversation was focused on the issue of United States nationals adopting Russian children and the Magnitsky Act.

You can read the indictment for yourself here.

Magnitsky was then arrested and died in custody.

Veselnitskaya, a 43-year-old attorney based in Russian Federation, did not respond to a telephone call and text message from The Associated Press.

However, U.S. authorities have been investigating whether Manafort's prior work - mainly for pro-Russian Ukrainian politicians and business interests - may have helped influence Trump's policy positions on Russia.

Trump Jr. has acknowledged that he agreed to the meeting after being promised information on Clinton.

This report, submitted by Russian Federation under the Mutual Legal Assistance Treaty (MLAT) with the United States, was then cited by Veselnitskaya in defending the real estate company Prevezon Holdings Ltd. from claims of money laundering by "Investment Company-1".

Instead, the grand jury charges Veselnitskaya with obstructing justice for cooperating with a senior Russian government official in drafting a response to USA prosecutors in a separate case.

Federal prosecutors charge that Veselnitskaya tried to obstruct a Justice Department civil fraud investigation into money laundering involving a Russian business man's investment firm.

Federal prosecutors in the Prevezon case filed a request with the Russian government to provide banking and other documents to bolster their case.

Exiled Russian tycoon Mikhail Khodorkovsky first disclosed emails cited in the indictment between Veselnitskaya and Chaika in April 2018.

In 2014, USA authorities were investigating whether Prevezon Holdings, a Cyprus-based real estate corporation, orchestrated a tax scheme in Russian Federation by stealing the identities of companies and filing sham lawsuits to incur fake losses to generate tax refunds.

Russian prosecutors accuse Magnitsky of participating in the largest tax fraud in Russian history worth $200 million. Browder launched a campaign to have those allegedly involved in his death blacklisted by the U.S.

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