Russian lawyer in Trump Tower meeting charged in separate case

The Russian lawyer who met with Trump campaign officials at Trump Tower in 2016 was charged Tuesday with obstruction of justice in a separate money laundering case.

Natalya Vladimirovna Veselnitskaya, who is not in custody and presumed to be in Russia, was charged by Manhattan federal prosecutors with lying to court officials about evidence in a civil case brought by the feds accusing Russian company Prevezon Holdings with a $230 million tax fraud scheme perpetrated by a criminal organization whose members include allegedly corrupt Russian officials.

Veselnitskaya, who represented Prevezon, concealed from the court that she had participated in drafting “those supposed exculpatory investigative findings in secret cooperation with a senior Russian prosecutor,” Manhattan prosecutors said.

“Fabricating evidence — submitting false and deceptive declarations to a federal judge — in an attempt to affect the outcome of pending litigation not only undermines the integrity of the judicial process, but it threatens the ability of our courts and our Government to ensure that justice is done,” Manhattan US Attorney Geoffrey Berman said in announcing the charges.

“We take seriously our responsibility to protect the integrity of the judicial proceedings in this District, and we will not stand idly by while outside influences seek to corrupt and pervert that process.”

Veselnitskaya attended the now-infamous Trump Tower meeting with Donald Trump Jr., then-campaign chairman Paul Manafort and President Trump’s son-in-law, Jared Kushner.

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