Russia lawyer in Trump Jr. scandal reps Prevezon in NYC court
The Russian lawyer who met with Donald Trump Jr. at the height of his dad’s presidential campaign made a virtual appearance Thursday via phone in a Manhattan court.
Natalia Veselnitskaya, a lawyer for real estate giant Prevezon, began representing the conglomerate in late 2015, when then-Manhattan U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara was prosecuting a $230 million civil money laundering case against the company.
Veselnitskaya, who was on the line with a translator, did not speak during the proceeding.
Shortly before the Manhattan Federal Court trial was set to begin last May, prosecutors and Prevezon inked a $5.9 million settlement deal. Prevezon has yet to pay up.
Prevezon’s reps claim the company hasn’t paid, in part, because the Dutch government put a lock on its assets.
Prosecutors insist that Prevezon is still on the hook.
Manhattan U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara was prosecuting a $230 million civil money laundering case against Prevezon in 2015.
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Veselnitskaya’s name emerged in July in a New York Times report that Trump’s son met with her in June 2016.
Their get-together was reportedly set up after the Trump scion got an email claiming a “Russian government attorney” had dirt on his pop’s political opponent, Hillary Clinton.
The cryptic message stated the damaging intel was courtesy of “Russia and its government’s support for Mr. Trump.”
Veselnitskaya was barred from entering the U.S. for a Prevezon court proceeding in November. This is at least the second time she has participated in a court hearing by telephone.