Michael Cohen's Phone Puts Him In Prague With Russians

Cell phone signal suggests Michael Cohen was in Prague in 2016 as Trump dossier claimed

Cell phone signal suggests Michael Cohen was in Prague in 2016 as Trump dossier claimed

The story, written by McClatchy reporters Peter Stone and Greg Gordon, claims that a cell phone traced to Cohen briefly sent signals ricocheting off cell towers in the Prague area in late summer 2016 - which would support claims made in the dossier that Cohen met there secretly with Russian officials to discuss ways to hide a close "liaison" between the Trump campaign and Russia.

Tweeted Cohen: "I hear #Prague #CzechRepublic is attractive in the summertime".

According to what has become known as the "Steele dossier," Cohen had a clandestine meeting with Kremlin officials in Prague in August 2016 to discuss hiding links between members of the Trump campaign and Russian Federation. I wouldn't know as I have never been.

Cohen has been cooperating with Mueller's investigation after pleading guilty on August 21 to charges of bank fraud and tax and campaign finance law violations. Mueller is investigating Russia's 2016 election interference and whether Trump's campaign colluded in the scheme.

Cohen's tweet came after McClatchy reported that foreign intelligence agencies had identified a mobile phone linked to Cohen pinging cell towers around Prague sometime between August and September 2016. He also disputed an April 13 report from the same McClatchy reporters who claimed that Mueller had been provided evidence that Cohen visited Prague.

McClatchy said the intelligence pointing to the presence of Cohen near Prague had been shared with the Special Counsel's office. I don't know. However, Cohen, who has turned decisively against Trump, still insists he wasn't in Prague.

What incentive would Cohen have at this juncture to lie to Mueller about Prague, thereby withholding from Mueller information that might tend to show collusion between the Trump campaign and Russian Federation? He claimed at the time that he had seen Cohen's passport and determined it contained no evidence of a trip to Prague.

Cohen also pleaded guilty in the Mueller probe on November 29 to lying to Congress in 2017 about his efforts to build a Trump Tower in Moscow.

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