>> She's the Russian lawyer who attended a pivotal 2016 meeting at Trump Tower with President Donald Trump's son and top campaign staff. And now, Natalia Veselnitskaya has been indicted in a separate case, charged by federal prosecutors with obstruction of justice. In the indictment unsealed Tuesday, the US Attorney's office in Manhattan said Veselnitskaya filed an intentionally misleading document in a case involving money laundering and tax fraud.
Andy Sullivan is following the story.>> This is the latest example of somebody who's caught up in the Russia probe getting in hot water for activity that had actually nothing to do with the 2016 election.>> The 43-year-old lawyer had represented a Russian controlled company, Prevezon Holdings. Accused of laundering money from a $230 million tax fraud by snapping up New York real estate.
The case was settled in 2017 with the company agreeing to pay $6 million to the US government. Veselnitskaya shut a notoriety last year on news of the June 26th meeting at Trump Tower attended by Donald Trump Junior, Trump son-in-law, Jared Kushner, and then senior campaign aid, Paul Manafort.
That meeting is now part of a broad probe of Russian meddling under special counsel, Robert Mueller.>> So this also highlights the risk for Trump in all of this. If people like Veselnitskaya and Manafort, and Michael Cohen, his former lawyer can got busted for activity that had nothing to do with the campaign.
Think of the risks for Trump as prosecutors are now looking into his business dealings. If they uncover any suspicious activity at all, whether or not it has to do with the campaign, that could expose him to legal jeopardy as well.>> The Washington Post reported President Trump helped draft a cover story for the Trump Tower meeting.
Which Trump Junior later admitted he attended after being promised damaging information on Trump's Democratic opponent, Hillary Clinton. Veselnitskaya has long denied being a representative of the Russian government. But Tuesday's indictment alleges her legal work put her in close contact with senior Russian officials over several years. Trump has denied any collusion with Russia to win the 2016 race, and has repeatedly blasted Mueller's Russia probe as a witch hunt.
>> No collusion, no collusion.