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Russian who attended Trump Tower meeting charged with obstruction of justice

Russian who attended Trump Tower meeting charged with obstruction of justice”

Angel M. Melendez, the Special Agent-in-Charge of the New York Field Office of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement's Homeland Security Investigations, said she's "now a wanted person in the United States".

But Russia does not have an extradition treaty with the U.S. and she will likely never appear in a USA court if she remains there.

She has come under scrutiny for her role in a now-infamous meeting in June 2016 with Donald Trump Jr., Paul Manafort and Jared Kushner.

Goldstone initiated the meeting, billing it to Trump Jr.as one to get "dirt" on Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton, according to emails.

Legal scholar Alan Dershowitz said Tuesday on "America's Newsroom" that prosecutors may now be able to "squeeze" Russian lawyer Natalia Veselnitskaya for information on the 2016 Trump Tower meeting. While this case doesn't seem directly related to the Trump Tower gathering, it does establish her connections with Russian government officials and other individuals who've been sanctioned under the Magnitsky Act.

"No, we do not know who it is, and, of course, we can not track the meetings of all Russian lawyers, both inside the country and overseas", Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov told reporters at the time, when asked if her meeting at Trump Tower was coordinated with Russian authorities.

Veselnitskaya submitted to the court a declaration that she presented as the investigative findings of the Russian government, the indictment says. The special counsel's office declined to comment on whether it contributed to the Veselnitskaya investigation or referred it to the US Attorney's office.

In Russia, Veselnitskaya told Rossiya 24 television on Tuesday that she only learned of the indictment from the media.

The indictment was filed under seal in December and publicly announced Tuesday by Manhattan U.S. Attorney Geoffrey S. Berman.

The court case originated in September 2013, when US prosecutors sued to recover millions of dollars worth of NY real estate and other property on the grounds that it was tainted by a money laundering scheme.

In 2013, US 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. Prosecutors allege the company received and laundered millions of dollars of proceeds as part of a complex Russian tax refund scheme that defrauded Russian taxpayers out of more than $200 million.

Veselnitskaya was retained to assist the defendants. The case was settled in 2017 with Prevezon agreeing to pay $5.9 million in fines. A federal judge ordered the firm last February to pay US$6 million to the USA government. Fusion compiled reports questioning Browder's claims about Magnitsky and the Prevezon case. Browder has been convicted of tax fraud in Russian Federation, but has avoided extradition by campaigning in the West to brand Moscow a human rights violator over the death of his accountant, Sergey Magnitsky - after whom the far-reaching U.S. sanctions legislation was dubbed the Magnitsky Act.

This is not the first time that Veselnitskaya has attracted the attention of USA investigators. Magnitsky was imprisoned and ultimately beaten to death while in custody.

Prevezon owner Denis Katsyv helped fund a lobbying effort carried out by Akhmetshin that sought to poke holes in Magnitsky's story.

The case in question is unrelated to the Trump Tower meeting.



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