Linked Russian Lawyer Charged by SDNY With Obstruction of Justice

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 Veselnitskaya, the Russian lawyer who attended the infamous 2016 Trump Tower meeting with then-candidate Donald Trump's inner circle, was charged last month with obstruction of justice, according to an indictment unsealed Tuesday. But prosecutors allege that she helped draft the supposed independent findings "in secret cooperation with a senior Russian prosecutor".

Russian lawyer who President Donald Trump's son during the 2016 presidential campaign has been charged with deceiving a USA court in an unrelated civil case. Ms Veselnitskaya is accused of secretly helping the Russian government respond to the request in a letter which claimed to exonerate Russian officials and the company's staff.

Video: Documents released by the Senate Judiciary Committee shed light on the 2016 Trump Tower meeting, where Donald Trump Jr. thought Russians would provide him with damaging information on Hillary Clinton.

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

That meeting has been under scrutiny by USA congressional investigators, and Special Counsel Robert Mueller, after it emerged that Trump Jr. was promised damaging information on Trump's rival, Democrat Hillary Clinton.

The charge was, at least on the surface, unrelated to Special Counsel Robert Mueller's investigation into alleged collusion between the Trump campaign and Russian Federation in the 2016 election.

Russian attorney Natalia Veselnitskaya was charged with obstruction of justice by the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Southern District of New York Tuesday.

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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Reuters did not independently review the filing, which was soon replaced in the public database with a properly redacted version. Manafort's team at first denied that their client was in breach, but they later said they may not fight Mueller's accusation .

The filing of the charge will curtail Veselnitskaya's global travel and expose her to arrest if she comes to the US.

Veselnitskaya's client, Prevezon Holdings, was suspected of laundering the money obtained by means of a tax refund scheme in Russian Federation.

The indictment was filed under seal in December and publicly announced today by Manhattan US Attorney Geoffrey S. Berman.

Natalya Veselnitskaya was charged with fabricating evidence in a 2013 case the United States filed against the Russian firm Prevezon Holdings, which was allegedly involved in a $230 million tax refund fraud scheme in Moscow.

It states that she obstructed justice in her representation of Cyprus-based Prevezon Holdings by making an "intentionally misleading declaration" in the case. In the lawsuits, members of a criminal organization posed as both plaintiffs and defendants in the cases, admitting wrongdoing so they could win large money judgments which could then be declared as losses in order to collect large Russian tax refunds, US authorities concluded.

Natalya Veselnitskaya was charged in an indictment unsealed Tuesday in federal court in NY.

In May 2017, just a few months after Trump became president, the newly promoted NY district attorney suddenly settled with Prevezon for $6 million, days before the trial opened.

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