Michael Cohen, the embattled personal attorney of Donald Trump, has denied fresh reports that Special Counsel Robert Mueller obtained evidence he visited Prague in 2016.
‘No matter how many times or ways they write it, I have never been to Prague. I was in LA with my son. Proven!’ Cohen wrote in a withering tweet on Saturday.
‘Bad reporting, bad information and bad story by same reporter Peter Stone,’ he wrote.
Cohen was referring to a McClatchy report on Friday, which cited two sources claiming that Mueller’s investigators traced evidence that Cohen entered the Czech Republic through Germany in August or September of 2016.
British ex-spy Christopher Steele’s dossier claimed the purpose of the trip was to meet with a prominent ally of Russian President Vladimir Putin, Konstantin Kosachev, but it is not clear whether Mueller has evidence of such a meeting.
President Trump’s longtime attorney Michael Cohen leaves the Lowes Regency Hotel on the way to his parking garage on Saturday morning. He denies new reports he went to Prague
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Michael Cohen, Trump’s personal attorney, takes a call near the Loews Regency hotel on Park Ave on Friday in New York City. There is reportedly evidence he traveled to Prague in 2016
Investigators working with Mueller (center) reportedly have evidence that Cohen entered the Czech Republic through Germany in August or September of 2016
The sources did not say whether Cohen took a commercial flight or private jet to Europe, and gave no explanation as to why no record of such a trip has surfaced.
If true, evidence of such a trip would confirm one of the most contentious parts of the Steele dossier, one which Cohen and the Trump Organization loudly denied after it was made public in January 2017.
‘I have never been to Prague in my life,’ tweeted Cohen with a picture of his passport after the dossier’s publication.
He later allowed Buzzfeed reporters to examine and photograph the inside of the passport, which does not show stamps indicating travel to Europe in August/September 2016. Cohen denies having a second passport.
Once in Germany, a traveler would not need a passport to travel to and from the Czech Republic, as both countries are within the Schengen Area with open transit.
McClatchy’s sources did not say whether Cohen took a commercial flight or private jet to Europe, and gave no explanation as to why no record of such a trip has surfaced.
The Justice Department special counsel has evidence that Donald Trump’s personal lawyer and confidant, Michael Cohen, secretly made a late-summer trip to Prague during the 2016 presidential campaign, according to two sources familiar with the matter.
It comes as US attorneys confirmed on Friday that Cohen had been under criminal investigation for months.
On Monday, FBI agents raided Cohen’s office, home and hotel room in New York, seeking evidence related to his payment to porn star Stormy Daniels.