Trump Tower Attorney Natalia Veselnitskaya Faces Brand New Crime Charges in Leaked Documents

LONDON – Trump Tower’s attorney Natalia Veselnitskaya has been accused of an elaborate new conspiracy to distort the course of justice.

Veselnitskaya, the pro-Kremlin lawyer who attended the infamous Trump Tower meeting with Donald Trump Jr. and Jared Kushner in 2016, allegedly tampered with official documents, according to leaked files viewed by The Daily Beast.

The lawyer hired to promote one of President Vladimir Putin’s most popular propaganda campaigns in the US has already been charged with obstruction of justice by prosecutors in the Southern District of New York.

New documents allege that Veselnitskaya or her team may have used a similar strategy to allegedly tamper with independent evidence presented to a court in a similar case in Switzerland, where Veselnitskaya’s clients – Denis Katsyv and his company Prevezon – are at the center of a massive tax fraud and money laundering investigation, which was dropped last year.

“Natalia Veselnitskaya, the attorney for a prime suspect in the Swiss case, processed the testimony, thereby directly obstructing justice in the Swiss criminal case,” said a document containing new evidence, filed with Switzerland’s Federal Criminal Court and seen by The Daily Beast.

The Hermitage Capital court filing – which blames the Russian government for the fraud – includes emails obtained by the Dossier Center, a London-based anti-corruption organization that appears to have used formal evidence from the Russian state in the case against Veselnitskaya’s client show was not independently produced, as Moscow had claimed.

Metadata on a key Word document handed over by the Prosecutor General’s Office in Moscow shows that one of the report’s publishers was an account on behalf of “Veselnitskaya NV”.

Metadata from a second Word document – also obtained from the Dossier Center – showed that the file was authored by someone named “Natalia” and then edited by an account named “Mitusova NA”. Natalia Alexandrovna Mitusova is the name of Veselnitskaya’s stepdaughter and a former colleague from when they both worked at the Camerton Consulting law firm.

The second document seen by The Daily Beast was a translation of a report by a supposedly independent investigator commissioned by Russian officials, which became a key piece of evidence in the case. Neither Veselnitskaya nor Mitusova responded to a request for comment.

US prosecutors indicted Veselnitskaya in January 2019 on similar allegations. They claim she secretly worked with Russia’s Attorney General’s Office to draft a document provided to the US under the Mutual Legal Assistance Agreement. The document in question aims to show that an independent Russian investigation had found that Veselnitskaya’s client had nothing to do with the money laundering they had been accused of in a New York court.

However, US prosecutors received emails showing that Veselnitskaya was in contact with one of the department officials via email. Examining the Word documents they shared showed that Veselnitskaya made crucial revisions to the document using the track changes feature.

The document – with Veselnitskaya’s amendments – was presented to US prosecutors by authorities in Moscow and proves how closely the Trump Tower attorney worked with the Russian state.

When it emerged that Don Jr., Kushner and Paul Manafort, Trump’s former campaign manager, had met with Veselnitskaya in 2016 to discuss damaging information she may have about Hillary Clinton, it was alleged that the Moscow attorney had no ties to Putin’s have government.

In fact, she was driving one of his pet projects: repealing the Magnitsky Law. The anti-corruption law signed into law by President Obama in 2012 was named in honor of Sergei Magnitsky, who uncovered a $230 million scam before being jailed, mistreated and left to die by Russian authorities.

The Magnitsky Law imposed sanctions on individuals accused of covering up this fraud and laundering the proceeds, and provided a mechanism to sanction corrupt individuals in Russia and beyond. Magnitsky-style laws have since been passed in the European Union and eight countries worldwide. most recently Australia.

Katsyv and his company Prevezon have been accused by US prosecutors of helping launder the proceeds of this massive scam, which they deny.

Swiss authorities froze around $8 million worth of assets related to the alleged fraud a decade ago, but they decided last year to return the bulk of the money despite knowing full well their investigations had been compromised by Russia was.

An adviser to the Swiss federal prosecutor’s office, identified in court as Victor K., was fired after allegations of bribery and “unlawful secret conduct”, which included secret meetings with Veselnitskaya. The former anti-corruption police officer was also flown by helicopter to a bear hunt in Russia’s Far East. Together with the Swiss prosecutor Patrick Lamon and the Swiss Attorney General Michael Lauber, he undertook another luxury trip to Russia. The three were photographed enjoying a boat trip on Baikal with senior Russian officials.

Despite the utter humiliation of the Swiss judiciary, the court still decided to return the Russian money in a July 2021 ruling. Fresh allegations of Russian interference are likely to be filed as part of an ongoing appeal against that verdict. If the appeal is successful, the monies will not be refunded.

It is already claimed in the court filings filed on January 17, 2022 –First reported by the Swiss newspaper Tages-Anzeiger– that Veselnitskaya edited the transcript of a conversation that Victor K. and Lamon had in Moscow in the Office of the Prosecutor General. This official record was handed over to the Swiss public prosecutor’s office.

The court’s submission was made by Hermitage Capital, owned by US-born businessman Bill Browder. The Russian government has claimed – without any basis whatsoever – that Browder and Magnitsky were really the men behind the scam.

Further emails uncovered by the Dossier Center now appear to show that someone by the name of Veselnitskaya’s stepdaughter may have been involved in the creation of another document as well. This allegedly contained the independent testimony of an expert in Russia, who argued that it was impossible to trace the allegedly laundered funds that found their way into Prevezon accounts.

According to leaked emails, Edward Shakirov’s allegedly independent testimony was sent for translation by Veselnitskaya’s assistant in October 2015. The resulting document’s metadata was edited by someone using the name of Veselnitskaya’s stepdaughter, Mitusova.

A copy of this translated testimony was then sent by Russian officials to the Swiss authorities in December of the same year.

This evidence really seemed to resonate with Swiss authorities, as Shakirov’s name was mentioned 15 times in prosecutors’ closure orders.

A federal judge is expected to soon rule on whether to reopen the case and return it to prosecutors for further investigation.

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