Russian lawyer in Trump Tower meeting has ties to Kremlin

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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.

On Tuesday, Veselnitskaya's name appeared in an unsealed indictment for USA v. Prevezon Holdings.

Major media outlets - not just in the U.S. - 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.

You can read the indictment for yourself here.

Manhattan U.S. Attorney Geoffrey Berman said in a statement that Ms. Veselnitskaya fabricated evidence and her action "not only undermines the integrity of the judicial process, but threatens the ability of our courts and our government to ensure that justice is done".

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The meeting remains a subject of investigation by special counsel Robert Mueller, who is probing Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election and possible collusion by the Trump campaign.

Veselnitskaya famously met with several members of then-candidate Donald Trump's campaign in July 2016, including his son Donald Trump Jr, supposedly offering "dirt" on Hillary Clinton.

The scheme was exposed by crusading lawyer Sergei Magnitsky, who was arrested by Russian authorities and died in prison in 2009 after he was allegedly denied adequate care for severe health conditions.

"The determined efforts of HSI New York's El Dorado Task Force and the U.S. Attorney's Office reflect how seriously we take the rule of law in the United States", Melendez said.

On the same day as the Trump Tower meeting, Veselnitskaya attended oral arguments at the 2nd US Circuit Court of Appeals in the US government's forfeiture case against a Russian-controlled real estate holding company Prevezon Holdings Ltd, which US prosecutors accused of laundering some of the proceeds of a $US230 million Russian tax fraud scheme.

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Veselnitskaya was charged by federal prosecutors in NY with seeking to thwart a Justice Department civil fraud investigation into money laundering that involved an influential Russian businessman and his investment firm. Proponents of the conspiracy theory that Trump "colluded" with Russian Federation to somehow steal the presidency from Hillary Clinton have long claimed this meeting at Trump Tower is key evidence against the current United States president.

In 2015, Veselnitskaya submitted investigative findings that she claimed were compiled independently by the Russian government as potentially exculpatory evidence. Akhmetshin, a former Russian military officer and Washington lobbyist, later accompanied Veselnitskaya to the Trump Tower meeting.

She cooperated with a senior Russian prosecutor 'in secret'. It also accused Magnitsky himself of committing the Russian Treasury Fraud, when as the feds outline he reported it.

None of this information was provided to the USA court at the time.

The Prevezon case was settled in 2017.

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