Russian lawyer in Trump Tower meeting charged in Kremlin-linked obstruction case

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USA prosecutors have charged a Russian lawyer who met with President Donald Trump's son and top campaign officials during the 2016 presidential election with obstruction of justice in a separate, but parallel, case that focused on Russian money laundering.

Russian lawyer who President Donald Trump's son during the 2016 presidential campaign has been charged with deceiving a U.S. court in an unrelated civil case.

It alleges that Veselnitskaya presented the court with exculpatory evidence that she said were findings by the Russian government.

It was not immediately clear whether Veselnitskaya has retained a defense attorney. In response, Russian prosecutors provided what they called "the results of the investigation carried out in its territory" and accused Browder of fraud, according to the new indictment.

Rob Goldstone, a British publicist, helped organize the meeting and emailed Trump Jr. ahead of time to tell him that his Russian contacts had "sensitive information" on Clinton that was supplied by the Kremlin.

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". But while the case was in process, Veselnitskaya arranged the Trump Tower meeting, which has become an area of focus for special counsel Robert Mueller as he investigates whether the Trump campaign colluded with Russian Federation in its attempt to tip the election away from Hillary Clinton.

Magnitsky was then arrested and died in custody.

Veselnitskaya, who is believed to be in Russian Federation, could not be immediately reached for comment.

Prevezon Holdings was accused of participating in a tax fraud scheme that laundered $230m (£180m). In the meeting, Veselnitskaya lobbied against the Magnitsky Act, a 2012 law that placed sanctions against Russian human rights abusers.

She cooperated with a senior Russian prosecutor 'in secret'. She has denied that she has ever worked for the Russian government, and a Kremlin spokesman has said the notion was "absurd".

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.

It is not unusual for US prosecutors to reach out in good faith to their counterparts in other countries to request information when working on transnational cases.

The attorney, Natalia Veselnitskaya, was representing defendants accused of laundering Russian money from an alleged tax fraud scheme through US -based real estate purchases.

In May 2017, on the eve of the trial, US officials and Prevezon's lawyers agreed to settle the case, with Prevezon paying almost $6 million but admitting no wrongdoing.

"It involves the Magnitsky Act, the corruption of justice and the Congress, issues which we can address in our work, based on evidence".