Russian lawyer involved in Trump Tower meeting charged in separate case

8 2016 shows Russian lawyer Natalia Veselnitskaya speaking during an interview in Moscow. The bombshell revelation that President Donald Trump's oldest son Don Jr. met with a Kremlin-tied Russian lawyer hawking damaging

8 2016 shows Russian lawyer Natalia Veselnitskaya speaking during an interview in Moscow. The bombshell revelation that President Donald Trump's oldest son Don Jr. met with a Kremlin-tied Russian lawyer hawking damaging

Natalia V. Veselnitskaya, the Russian lawyer who in 2016 met with Trump campaign officials in Trump Tower, was charged on Tuesday in a separate case that showed her close ties to the Kremlin.

The charges claim that she made misleading statements to the court when representing Prevezon Holdings, a Cyprus-based real estate firm, in a case in NY.

In the case, prominent Russian businessman Denis P. Katsyv and his real estate firm, Prevezon Holdings, is accused of laundering proceeds from a large-scale tax fraud in Russia through purchasing a NY property.

Veselnitskaya helped represent Prevezon in the case, in which the company was alleged to have laundered $14 million in proceeds of the Moscow tax refund scam through NY real estate.

In 2013, U.S. prosecutors brought a civil lawsuit against the company that sought to recover millions of dollars' worth of NY real estate and other property on the grounds that it was tainted by money laundering. Prevezon, prosecutors said, laundered the funds into real estate, including by investing in high end commercial property and luxury apartments in Manhattan.

Today special counsel spokesman Peter Carr declined to say if Mueller's team was involved in the Veselnitskaya case or if the office had referred the matter to prosecutors in NY. Congress passed the Magnitsky Law in 2012 to target those allegedly involved in his arrest and death with financial sanctions. On the day he died, prosecutors said, he was beaten by guards with a rubber baton, and an ambulance crew called to treat him was deliberately kept outside of his cell until he was dead.

"Emails from an account used by Veselnitskaya reveal that she sent multiple drafts of the document to the personal email account of a Russian prosecutor in the Prosecutor General's Office", the indictment states. Veselnitskaya, who became a focal point of the investigation into whether there was collusion between Russians and U.S. President Donald Trump's election campaign, was charged with obstruction of justice on Tuesday in an unrelated case.

The indictment goes on to allege that Prevezon repeated Veselnitskaya's claims in their own court filings in the case.

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.

She has denied meddling in election issues.

This is not the first time that Veselnitskaya has attracted the attention of US investigators.

The meeting had been setup after Rob Goldstone, a British publicist for the pop-star son of a Russian oligarch, had emailed Mr Trump Jr offering "information that would incriminate Hillary". In April 2018, however - just over a year after the Prevezon case was settled and closed - U.S. government propaganda outlet RFE/RL reported the existence of the emails, sourcing them to Dossier, an outfit run by Browder's fellow ex-oligarch and Kremlin critic Mikhail Khodorkovsky.

Trump Jr. has acknowledged that he met with Veselnitskaya because he had been told she could offer damaging information about Democrat Hillary Clinton from the Russian government.

Veselnitskaya was with Fusion GPS founder Glenn Simpson on the morning before the Trump Tower meeting. The response "purported to accuse" deceased Russian accountant Sergei Magnitsky of involvement in the fraud. Akhmetshin, a former Russian military officer and Washington lobbyist, later accompanied Veselnitskaya to the Trump Tower meeting.

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