Russian lawyer who met Trump Jr. charged in unrelated case

Russian lawyer who met Trump Jr. charged in unrelated case

The case is unrelated to the now-infamous 2016 meeting, in which Donald Trump Jr., his brother-in-law Jared Kushner and then-campaign chairman Paul Manafort.

Federal prosecutors in NY said on Tuesday that Veselnitskaya and a senior Russian official drafted a bogus investigation report that she presented in court as supposed evidence that exonerated her client, Prevezon.

Natalya Veselnitskaya was indicted on one count of obstruction of justice after prosecutors said she teamed up with a senior Russian prosecutor and submitted deceptive declarations in a civil proceeding involving a Russian tax refund fraud scheme.

Trump Jr and Kushner have dismissed the meeting as amounting to nothing and mostly involving Russia's ban on American adoptions in response to USA sanctions.

James Margolin, a spokesman for the Manhattan U.S. attorney's office, said Veselnitskaya's criminal case did not originate from a referral by Mueller, noting the allegations relate only to her work for the Russian company and "are unrelated to any other investigation".

Natalia Veselnitskaya became a central figure in the Mueller probe when it was revealed that in June 2016, she met with Donald Trump Jr., after an intermediary indicated she had dirt on Hillary Clinton. On the day he died, US 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. French Hill of Little Rockgot information from her during a 2016 trip to Russia with the Russians' favorite congressman, since defeated, Dana Rohrbacher.

In 2014, American investigators asked their Russian counterparts for documents related to the fraud and received in response a 14-page document that exonerated Russian government officials from any involvement in the scheme and claimed it had in fact been perpetrated by Magnitsky.

Kremlin-linked lawyer Natalia Veselnitskaya speaks to a journalist in Moscow, Nov. 8, 2016. The alleged tax fraud scheme came at the expense of an investment firm, Hermitage Capital, owned by an American investor, Bill Browder, according to a US indictment.

Now prosecutors say she collaborated clandestinely with that office to write an official letter than benefitted her client, the investment firm Prevezon Holdings Ltd., and its owner, Denis P. Katsyv, in the Justice Department's civil fraud case.

She cooperated with a senior Russian prosecutor 'in secret'.

None of this information was provided to the USA court at the time. The case was settled in 2017, with Prevezon paying a $5.9 million fine without admitting any wrongdoing.

Without naming Browder, the indictment states that "CEO-1 had participated in publicizing the Russian Treasury Fraud and in lobbying the U.S. Government to pass a law imposing sanctions on persons involved in the prosecution and custodial treatment of Magnitsky".

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