IN MAY, JUSTICE DEPT. DROPPED RUSSIAN MONEY LAUNDERING CASE DEFENDED BY KREMLIN-CONNECTED ATTORNEY

In May, Jeff Session’s Justice Dept. dropped a money laundering case that was defended by Kremlin-connected attorney Natalia Veselnitskaya.

Ms. Veselnitskaya was the Russian attorney who Donald Trump, Jr. met with under the pretext of providing him with damaging information about Sec. Hillary Clinton. The Democrats on the House Judiciary Committee see these two events as connected given the players involved.

According to Natasha Bertrand of the Business Insider, “Democratic members of the House Judiciary Committee sent a letter to Attorney General Jeff Sessions on Wednesday asking why the Department of Justice settled a major money-laundering case involving a real-estate company owned by the son of a powerful Russian government official whose lawyer met with Donald Trump Jr. last year.That attorney, Natalia Veselnitskaya, represents the family of Pyotr Katsyv, the former vice governor of the Moscow region, whose son, Denis, owns the real-estate company Prevezon. The DOJ had been investigating whether Prevezon laundered millions of dollars through New York City real estate when the case was unexpectedly settled two days before going to trial in May.”

In their letter, Democrats on the House Judiciary Committee said: “Last summer, Donald Trump Jr. met with a Kremlin-connected attorney in an attempt to obtain information ‘that would incriminate Hillary…Earlier this year, on May 12, 2017, the Department of Justice made an abrupt decision to settle a money laundering case being handled by that same attorney in the Southern District of New York. We write with some concern that the two events may be connected — and that the Department may have settled the case at a loss for the United States in order to obscure the underlying facts.”

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