Special counsel Robert Mueller has investigated the meeting, calling some participants before a federal grand jury as he probes the Trump campaign's contacts with Russian Federation. The Kremlin-connected attorney allegedly colluded with Russian government officials in an attempt to subvert a US civil money laundering action against her clients in 2014.
The indictment unsealed Tuesday will curtail Veselnitskaya's worldwide travel and expose her to arrest if she comes to the U.S. But Russia does not have an extradition treaty with the U.S. and she will likely never appear in a U.S. court if she remains there.
The meeting remains a subject of investigation by special counsel Robert Mueller, who is probing Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election and possible collusion by the Trump campaign.
That meeting has become a central focus of the Mueller probe.
The indictment of Veselnitskaya was handed down by federal prosecutors for the Southern District of NY. The investigation in question pertained to suspected money laundering that may have involved a Russian businessman and his investment firm. Veselnitskaya sent drafts of the document to the personal email account of the prosecution in the office of the prosecutor, the Russian equivalent of the attorney general in the U.S. Some of the language Veselnitskaya offered up appears verbatim in the report, U.S. prosecutors claim. The case was settled in 2017 with Prevezon agreeing to pay $5.9 million in fines. Magnitsky - the namesake for the US law - died in Russian prison after reportedly investigating tax fraud that affected a company belonging to financier William Browder.
"The determined efforts of HSI New York's El Dorado Task Force and the U.S. Attorney's Office reflect how seriously we take the rule of law in the United States", Melendez said. The response "purported to accuse" deceased Russian accountant Sergei Magnitsky of involvement in the fraud.
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[Veselnitskaya] concealed from the Court that she, as a member of the defense team ... had participated in drafting those supposed exculpatory investigative findings in secret cooperation with a senior Russian prosecutor.
None of this information was provided to the US court at the time.
The indictment charges that after the Justice Department asked the Russian government to assist its investigation, the Russian government refused, responding with a letter that purported to exonerate Russian officials and the firm's personnel. It was organized after an intermediary promised that Veselnitskaya would deliver documents that would incriminate Hillary Clinton.
Trump Jr. and Kushner have acknowledged attending the meeting but have said it amounted to nothing. When she met with Trump Jr. and others, she talked about her opposition to the Magnitsky Act.
The Magnitsky Act is also linked to the Trump Tower meeting and Prevezon case.
A Russian citizen, Veselnitskaya is believed to be in Russia, and is unlikely to be turned over to USA authorities for prosecution. "It's through our legal process, which is the heart of our society and our commitment to democracy", Shelley said.