On Friday, the Daily Beast reported that Natalia Veselnitskaya, the infamous Russian lawyer present at the 2016 Trump Tower meeting, has been accused of a criminal plot to tamper with government documents.
"Veselnitskaya, the pro-Kremlin lawyer who attended the notorious 2016 Trump Tower meeting with Donald Trump Jr. and Jared Kushner, allegedly doctored official documents, according to leaked files viewed by The Daily Beast," reported Nico Hines.
"New documents allege that Veselnitskaya or her team may have employed a similar strategy to tamper with supposedly independent evidence submitted to a court in a related case in Switzerland, where Veselnitskaya’s clients — Denis Katsyv and his company Prevezon — were at the center of a massive tax fraud and money-laundering investigation that was dropped last year."
Veselnitskaya, who became famous for the Trump Tower meeting as part of the investigation into efforts by Russia to sway the U.S. presidential election, was already indicted in 2019 on a separate obstruction of justice charge related to a money laundering plot.
'Clear potential of a federal crime': CNN analyst says Jan. 6 panel is 'laser focused' on fake Trump electors
On Friday's edition of CNN's "OutFront," former federal prosecutor Elie Honig outlined the implications of Congress pursuing the fake "alternate" electors Trump allies sought to submit to Congress from states that Joe Biden carried.
"Fourteen people tied to that subpoena," said anchor Erin Burnett. "They are obviously not going to get all 14 to cooperate and it is a long process, but do you think they will get a few? And is a few or a handful enough?"
"Yeah, Erin, there is so much here, and one thing we have seen this week is that the committee is really focused laser-like on these fake electoral certificates, and rightly so, because on one level, those certificates are evidence of a broader plot to overthrow this election," said Honig. "But also, more narrowly, in my view, those certificates are the cleanest example yet we've seen of a potential federal crime."
"Now, it is one thing to have talks, conversations," said Honig. "At some point, they cross a line into a criminal conspiracy. Where that line is perhaps is debatable. However, it is a federal crime to submit a false document to the federal government if your intent is corrupt, and I think there is a good argument that's the case here. Now, this strategy of subpoenaing these 14 individuals is very smart because if even just three, four, or five of them cooperate, they are going to all presumably be pointing to the same person who was the coordinator of this. We have reporting that it's Rudy Giuliani. If that's how it turns out, so be it, but that's crucial information for the committee to know."
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On Friday, the Daily Beast reported that a Michigan police detective has pleaded guilty to selling a batch of heroin laced with fentanyl — while she was on the job.
"Tiffany Lipkovitch, 46, sold the deadly drugs between Wayne and Oakland counties in 2018, according to the Detroit Free Press, before an FBI source eventually helped turn in both Lipkovitch and her partner, Amber Bellamy, 38," reported Corbin Bolies. "Lipkovitch had been with the Highland Park Police Department for 10 years before her arrest, according to the outlet. The charges came after years of allegations against Lipkovitch, including accusations that she mingled with felons and helped them secure drugs while in prison. Still, she managed to jump between jobs, landing as a detective at the time of her arrest."
According to the report, Lipkovitch faces between five and 40 years in prison for the offense.
Over the years, corrupt police officers have undone a great deal of law enforcement efforts to rid the streets of powerful narcotics. In 2016, drug traffickers arrested by federal agents in Houston, Texas alleged that they had been cooperating with local police for years to sell off cocaine seized in other drug busts.