US claims Russian lawyer Natalia Veselnitskaya who gave Trump dirt on Clinton tried to hinder money laundering probe

US claims Russian lawyer Natalia Veselnitskaya who gave Trump dirt on Clinton tried to hinder money laundering probe
Natalia Veselnitskaya

According to the prosecutor's office, she lied in court stating that Russian authorities had investigated the case.

The United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York charged Russian lawyer Natalia Veselnitskaya in absentia with obstruction of justice. According to the website of the US Department of Justice, Prevezon Holdings, owned by Denis Katsyv, the son of Russian Railways Vice President Pyotr Katsyv, was involved in the laundering of Russian tax fraud funds in the US. According to the prosecution, Veselnitskaya perjured herself by stating that an investigation into the company’s activities had been conducted in Russia and no violations had been detected. According to the prosecution, that document was written by Veselnitskaya in cooperation with a high-ranking Russian prosecutor. In May 2017, a pre-trial agreement was concluded between the company and the US authorities; Prevezon Holdings pledged to pay $5.9 million.

Bruce S. Marks, a partner of the law firm Marks & Sokolov and former Pennsylvania senator, told RIA Novosti that he considered the charges against the Russian lawyer far-fetched. In his opinion, Natalia Veselnitskaya was accused of doing what she was supposed to do.

Marks said that as a lawyer and a Russian citizen, she had the right to provide assistance to the Russian government in response to the American request for legal assistance, which was undoubtedly made by William Browder.

Veselnitskaya had been mentioned in the American media more than once before. According to a CNN investigation, she and a few other Russians met with Donald Trump’s election campaign team in 2016. On June 3, 2016, Veselnitskaya met with Trump's son and allegedly handed him dirt on Hillary Clinton, who was also running for president.

In April 2018, Veselnitskaya testified in camera to the US Senate Commission on the case of Russia's interference in the American presidential election, where she talked about those meetings.

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