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Russian lawyer who met Trump Jr. charged in unrelated case

FILE - In this Sunday, April 22, 2018 file photo, Russian lawyer Natalia Veselnitskaya speaks during an interview with The Associated Press in Moscow, Russia. FILE - In this Sunday, April 22, 2018 file photo, Russian lawyer Natalia Veselnitskaya speaks during an interview with The Associated Press in Moscow, Russia. |

January 08, 2019 11:21 AM

NEW YORK (AP) - A Russian lawyer who became a focal point of the investigation into whether there was collusion between Russians and President Donald Trump's election campaign has been charged with obstruction of justice in an unrelated case.

Natalia Veselnitskaya was charged in an indictment unsealed Tuesday in federal court in New York.

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She is believed to be living in Russia.

Prosecutors say Veselnitskaya submitted deceptive declarations to a judge in a civil proceeding involving a Russian tax refund fraud scheme.

Veselnitskaya attended a 2016 meeting with Donald Trump Jr. and Trump son-in-law, Jared Kushner, that was described to Trump Jr. as part of a Russian government effort to help his father's campaign.

Trump Jr. and Kushner have acknowledged attending the meeting but have said it amounted to nothing.

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