The Russian lawyer who Trump Jr. had scheduled meetings with in 2016 has been indicted via a New York court for unrelated charges of obstruction of justice. Natalia Veselnitskaya’s single charge comes from her denial of having close ties to the Russian government regarding a government tax fraud scheme. The scheme in question was during her tenure as a lawyer for Prevezon Holdings where prosecutors are saying money was given to the company and laundered, scamming the Russian people out of an estimated $200M.
The 19-page indictment lists her as giving “false and deceptive declarations”.
Geoffrey S. Berman, U.S. attorney for the Southern District of New York, was quoted as saying, “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.”
Veselnitskaya was one of the key in the probe in 2016 due to her communications with Trump Jr. where she was trying to set up a meeting with Junior. Through an intermediary, she claimed to have information on Hillary Clinton that could have given Trump an edge during the campaign and subsequent election.