by WorldTribune Staff, April 15, 2018
Michael Cohen, President Donald Trump’s personal lawyer, said a report connecting him to the unverified Trump dossier and a trip to Prague is just as bogus today as it was when it was first reported.
An April 13 report by McClatchy’s DC Bureau said special counsel Robert Mueller has evidence that Cohen traveled to Prague in August 2016 to meet with Kremlin officials. The report generated a wave of headlines in the Mainstream Media over the weekend.
The still-unverified dossier by ex-British spy Christopher Steele said Cohen went to Prague to meet with aides to Russian President Vladimir Putin allegedly to discuss covering up Russian-Trump hacking into Democratic Party computers.
Cohen tweeted in response to the report: “Bad reporting, bad information and bad story by same reporter Peter Stone @McClatchyDC. No matter how many times or ways they write it, I have never been to Prague. I was in LA with my son. Proven!”
“The McClatchy story was quickly cited by liberal news organs determined to prove that the discredited dossier, and all its Russia collusion charges against Trump, are true,” Rowan Scarborough noted in an April 14 report for The Washington Times.
Cohen said he has testified repeatedly under oath that he never made such a trip. He has filed a libel suit against BuzzFeed, which published the dossier.
The FBI raided Cohen’s office, home and hotel room on April 9.
The Steele dossier, paid for by the Democratic Party and the Hillary Clinton campaign, alleges that “Cohen, two Russians and several Eastern European hackers met at the Prague office of a Russian government-backed social and cultural organization, Rossotrudnichestvo,” the McClatchy report says.
“The location was selected to provide an alternative explanation in case the rendezvous was exposed, according to Steele’s Kremlin sources, cultivated during 20 years of spying on Russia. It said that Oleg Solodukhin, the deputy chief of Rossotrudnichestvo’s operation in the Czech Republic, attended the meeting, too.”
Read the McClatchy report here