The Russia Connection

Document: Indictment Charging Russian Lawyer Natalia Veselnitskaya Describes Links to Kremlin

By Matthew Kahn
Tuesday, January 8, 2019, 11:11 AM

On Tuesday, Magistrate Judge Katharine H. Parker of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York unsealed a Dec. 20 indictment charging Natalia Veselnitskaya, the Russian lawyer who attended the 2016 Trump Tower meeting, with one count of obstruction of justice in an unrelated civil proceeding connected to a money-laundering case. The indictment was sought by the U.S. attorney's office for the Southern District of New York and does not appear to be related to the Mueller investigation. The charging document describes Veselnitskaya having coordinated with a senior Russian prosecutor, which the New York Times describes as “seem[ing] to confirm that Ms. Veselnitskaya had deep ties to senior Russian government officials.”