WASHINGTON — Russian lawyer Natalia Veselnitskaya, who attended the infamous 2016 Trump Tower meeting with members of then-candidate Donald Trump’s campaign, has been charged with obstruction of justice in a case that is unrelated to the special counsel probe but underlines her ties to the Kremlin.
According to a grand jury indictment unsealed on Tuesday, Veselnitskaya secretly worked with a senior Russian prosecutor in 2015 to draft a false declaration that she later used to defend a Russian company in a money laundering and forfeiture case brought by federal prosecutors in New York.
Veselnitskaya, who is believed to be in Russia, faces up to 10 years in prison.
The 43-year-old Russian lawyer entered the spotlight in 2017 amid reports she met in secret with Donald Trump Jr., Trump’s son-in-law Jared Kushner, and former campaign chairman Paul Manafort at Trump Tower in June 2016.
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