Russian Lawyer At Trump Tower Meeting Charged For Obstruction Of Justice

Leroy Wright
January 9, 2019

A Russian lawyer who attended a June 2016 meeting at Trump Tower under scrutiny in the U.S. special counsel's Russia probe was charged with obstruction of justice in a money laundering case, the U.S. Attorney's office in Manhattan said on Tuesday.

The Magnitsky act continues to be a major irritant to the Russian government, and the lifting of sanctions appears to have been one of her primary objectives during the Trump Tower meeting, which was initially arranged after the dangling of potential dirt on Hillary Clinton during the 2016 presidential campaign. Veselniskaya also was present at the infamous Trump Tower meeting between Russians and Trump people.

She was advising Prevezon Holdings Ltd, an investment firm accused of using NY real estate to launder a portion of the profits from an elaborate $200 million Russian tax fraud scheme. The Justice Department believes that she has deep ties to senior Russian government officials in Moscow.

The document she allegedly submitted in court included the findings of a supposedly independent Russian government investigation - when in fact, according to prosecutors, Veselnitskaya "concealed from the Court that she, as a member of the defense team ... had participated in drafting those supposed exculpatory investigative findings in secret cooperation with a senior Russian prosecutor".

In 2013, United States prosecutors brought a civil lawsuit against the company that sought to recover millions of dollars' worth of NY real estate and other property on the grounds that it was tainted by money laundering. In the case, the government sought to prove that Veselnitskaya's clients had received and laundered a portion of the proceeds of a Russian tax refund fraud scheme involving corrupt Russian officials. But that meeting did center on issues related to Veselnitskaya's work on behalf of Prevezon, which is controlled by a Russian businessman named Denis Katsyv.

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Veselnitskaya was also working with another entity involved in the Trump-Russia saga on the Prevezon case - Fusion GPS, a D.C. -based private intelligence firm that gained notoriety for commissioning the Steele dossier.

The Magnitsky Act was enacted in response to the death of a Russian lawyer and auditor, Sergei Magnitsky.

The U.S. attorney's office in NY settled the case with Prevezon in 2017 and obtained $5.8 million in settlement money from the company. The case was settled in 2017, with Prevezon paying a $5.9 million fine without admitting any wrongdoing. The indictment suggests Veselnitskaya has close ties with the Kremlin. Magnitsky - the namesake for the USA law - died in Russian prison after reportedly investigating tax fraud that affected a company belonging to financier William Browder.

In 2012, the US Congress passed the Magnitsky Act, which aimed to punish Russian officials involved in Magnitsky's imprisonment and death and the cover-up around it.

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