Russian lawyer at Trump Tower meeting charged for obstructing justice in unrelated money laundering case

(Reuters) – 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 an unrelated money laundering case, the U.S. Attorney’s office in Manhattan said.

According to an indictment unsealed on Tuesday, Nataliya Veselnitskaya was charged with obstructing justice by filing a misleading statement in the money laundering case, which was settled in 2017.

U.S. President Donald Trump has denied knowing about the 2016 meeting his oldest son Donald Trump Jr. and other campaign staff held at Trump Tower in June 2016 with a group of Russians.

Donald Trump Jr. has said he agreed to the meeting after being promised damaging information on Hillary Clinton, Trump’s Democratic opponent in the 2016 election. Trump’s son-in-law, Jared Kushner, and senior campaign aide Paul Manafort also took part in the June 9, 2016, meeting.

Veselnitskaya represented Prevezon Holdings Ltd, a Russian-controlled company, which in 2017 agreed to pay nearly $6 million to settle a U.S. government lawsuit accusing it of laundering proceeds of a $230 million tax fraud.

(reporting by Nathan Layne in New York; Writing by Nick Zieminski; Editing by Chizu Nomiyama and Franklin Paul)

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