The Russian attorney at the center of the controversial 2016 Trump Tower meeting was charged in a separate case Tuesday. Natalia Veselnitskaya received an obstruction of justice charge in federal court in connection to a Russian tax refund fraud scheme. In the civil case, Veselnitskaya has been accused of fabricating Russian government papers with a Russian prosecutor to imply her clients’ innocence.
- Does this charge make the Trump campaign look bad by association?
- If she lied about this, is it possible she lied about the Trump Tower meeting?
Russian attorney Natalia Veselnitskaya, who was at the center of a controversial 2016 Trump Tower meeting, was charged in federal court on Tuesday with obstruction of justice in connection to a civil money laundering and forfeiture case involving a Russian tax refund fraud scheme, first uncovered by the late Sergei Magnitsky.
Veselnitskaya represented Cyprus-based real estate holdings company Prevezon Holdings, in a money laundering lawsuit brought by the Justice Department in 2013. In the case, the government sought to prove that Veselnitskaya’s clients had received and laundered a portion of the proceeds of a Russian tax refund fraud scheme involving corrupt Russian officials.
Federal prosecutors in New York’s Southern District said on Tuesday that Veselnitskaya submitted to the court an “intentionally misleading declaration in opposition to a government motion.”