Russian women have begun to draw more attention these days and none of it is good — for them. There is the Russian spy Maria Butina who was an excellent shot, and who hung out with the top members of the National Rifle Association (NRA) until the FBI arrested her. Then, there is this interesting Russian woman, Natalya Veselnitskaya who is a wanted person.
She was the woman attorney in the infamous Donald Trump, Jr. meeting with Russians in Trump Tower. She has ties to the Kremlin. Completely separate from that meeting, Veselnitskaya has been “criminally charged with obstruction of justice” related to a “civil money laundering and forfeiture case,” according to CNBC.
Although the Russian attorney is not in custody, she was mentioned in an unsealed indictment in New York City federal court. She is charged with filing an “intentionally misleading document” related to the money laundering case.” The FBI is after this Russian national.
This indictment does not have anything to do with the younger Trump’s meeting at Trump Tower. That was where the president’s elder son allegedly believed that he was going to obtain damaging information about Hillary Clinton. At the time, she was Trump Sr.’s competitor in the 2016 presidential race.
Special Counsel Robert Mueller continued to investigated Russia’s attack on the 2016 U.S. president election and conspiracy between the Trump campaign and Moscow. He has been interested in the meeting where Veselnitskaya met with the president’s eldest son.
There were other members of the Trump campaign at that Trump Tower meeting. They were then-candidate Trump’s campaign manager Paul Manafort and Trump’s son-in-law Jared Kushner, plus four other Russians.
Veselnitskaya was the attorney for defendants in an “elaborate” tax refund fraud scheme that netted them $230 million. According to the feds, these people were described as “corrupt Russians government officials.”
Unfortunately for her, Veselnitskaya did not tell the judge about some details. The prosecutors said that she:
‘…participated in drafting those supposed exculpatory findings in secret cooperation with a senior Russian prosecutor.’
The younger Trump said that the Russian attorney:
‘…stated that she had information that individuals connected to Russia were funding the Democratic National Committee and supporting Ms. Clinton. Her statements were vague, ambiguous and made no sense. No details or supporting information was provided or even offered. It quickly became clear that she had no meaningful information.’
The president’s oldest son said that Veselnitskaya did mention the Magnitsky Act, which punished Russians for the death of one of their whistle blowers, and Americans adopting Russian children again:
‘She then changed subjects and began discussing the adoption of Russian children and mentioned the Magnitsky Act. It became clear to me that this was the true agenda all along and that the claims of potentially helpful information were a pretext for the meeting.’
The Russia network RT had a different take on the matter:
‘Mainstream media in the U.S. has been speculating over possible ties between the Kremlin and team Trump. Veselnitskaya says she fears for her safety and believes she was framed by a man who’s lobbied for anti-Russian sanctions.’
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