Russian lawyer in Trump Tower meeting charged with obstruction

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A Russian lawyer who famously attended a meeting with top Trump campaign aides in 2016 has been charged in a separate obstruction of justice case.

Natalya Veselnitskaya is accused of fabricating evidence while working to defend a Russian company in 2013.

Prevezon Holdings was accused of participating in a tax fraud scheme that laundered $230m (£180m).

Officials have confirmed Ms Veselnitskaya is now wanted by the US Attorney’s Office in New York.

An indictment, unsealed on Tuesday, accuses the lawyer of submitting an “intentionally misleading declaration” to the US government in defence of the company, after it requested information from Russia in relation to the case.

“Veselnitskaya’s declaration presented supposed investigative findings by the Russian government – findings purportedly exonerating Veselnitskaya’s clients – under the false pretence that these findings had been independently drafted by the Russian government,” the indictment says.

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