Russian attorney Natalia Veselnitskaya charged with obstruction of justice in U.S. court

Russian attorney Natalia Veselnitskaya charged with obstruction of justice in U.S. court

Russian attorney Natalia Veselnitskaya charged with obstruction of justice in U.S. court

When news broke that Russian lawyer Natalia Veselnitskaya was charged with obstruction of justice, all that Western media outlets and #Resistance could hear was 'Trump Tower, ' even though the case had nothing to do with it.

U.S. President Donald Trump has denied knowing about the 2016 meeting his oldest son Donald Trump Jr. and other campaign staff held at Trump Tower in June 2016 with a group of Russians.

In the meeting, Veselnitskaya sought to discuss USA sanctions against Russia, a policy staunchly opposed by Putin's government, and the Kremlin's response prohibiting Americans from adopting Russian children. Among other things, it's now clear that Veselnitskaya had dealings with Russian officials, which undermines the claim that her meeting with members of the Trump campaign, including Don Jr., were not linked to the Kremlin.

Mueller has focused on the June 9, 2016 meeting, in which Veselnitskaya allegedly offered the Trump campaign dirt on his election rival Hillary Clinton. He also has scrutinized Trump's role in drafting a misleading public statement about the meeting's content.

Major media outlets - not just in the USA - therefore made sure to include a "Trump Tower" reference in reporting on Veselnitskaya's indictment, which was filed on December 20 in the Southern District of NY and made public on Tuesday.

Speaking to CNN on Tuesday, Ms Veselnitskaya said she would "defend her professional honour" but declined to comment further.

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

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The 19-page indictment against Veselnitskaya alleges that while representing Prevezon, she submitted "false and deceptive declarations" to a federal judge in New York City. In the wake of his death, the USA passed a law in his name that brought sanctions against Russian oligarchs suspected of money laundering.

In the fraud case, filed in 2013, the prosecutors in the Southern District accused Prevezon and other defendants of using real estate purchases in NY to launder a small portion of the profits of an elaborate $230 million (U.S.) Russian tax fraud scheme.

It states that she obstructed justice in her representation of Cyprus-based Prevezon Holdings by making an "intentionally misleading declaration" in the case. The Justice Department had alleged in a civil complaint that a Russian criminal organization ran an elaborate tax refund scheme.

Veselnitskaya was retained to assist the defendants.

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.

The case was settled in May 2017. A federal judge ordered the firm last February to pay $6 million to the USA government.

Russian tax fraud at the core of the Prevezon money laundering case was allegedly first uncovered by Sergei Magnitsky, a lawyer who was allegedly killed while detained by Russian authorities. Magnitsky was imprisoned and ultimately beaten to death while in custody.

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