The response the US received from Russia claimed to be the findings "from a Russian government investigation", according to the indictment, and it "purported to exonerate all Russian government personnel" of the fraud from which the alleged Prevezon money laundering stemmed. In the case, the government sought to prove that Veselnitskaya's clients had received and laundered a portion of the proceeds of a Russian tax refund fraud scheme involving corrupt Russian officials.
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It saw Donald Trump Jr, the then-candidate Trump's son, Jared Kushner, his son-in-law, and Paul Manafort, then Trump campaign manager, meet with a group of figures with links to Russian Federation.
Instead, the grand jury charges Veselnitskaya with obstructing justice for cooperating with a senior Russian government official in drafting a response to USA prosecutors in a separate case.
According to prosecutors, the Justice Department asked the Russian government to assist its investigation, which it refused to do.
Magnitsky was arrested while investigating the fraud case and died in a Russian prison in 2009.
Sergei Magnitsky, who was then working for Hermitage Capital Management, an investment advisory firm established in Moscow by the American-British businessman Bill Browder, later uncovered the $230 million tax fraud scheme.
Veselnitskaya has denied acting on behalf of Russian officials when she met with the Trump team, telling Congress she operates "independently of any government bodies".
According to the indictment in United States of America v. Natalia Veselnitskaya, "the United States government sought to recover several million dollars' worth of property, mainly NY real estate, on the ground that this property was involved in laundering a portion of the proceeds of a Russian tax fraud scheme".
Katzyv eventually settled the case by paying $6 million without an admission of guilt.
Veselnitskaya, an attorney based in Russian Federation, was retained to assist the defendants.
Veselnitskaya is based in Moscow at the law firm Camerton Consulting.
The case was not directly related to the Trump Tower meeting. Browder launched a campaign to have those allegedly involved in his death blacklisted by the U.S.
Veselnitskaya's legal work for Prevezon is also connected to another Trump Tower meeting participant, Rinat Akhmetshin. Fusion compiled reports questioning Browder's claims about Magnitsky and the Prevezon case.
Both Fusion and Veselnitskaya were working for Prevezon in the NY case.
Goldstone initiated the meeting, billing it to Trump Jr.as one to get "dirt" on Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton, according to emails.
She said in the questionnaire that she attended the meeting to lobby for a re-examination of the Magnitsky Act.