News

White House

Cohen Denies Going to Prague to Meet Russians During Campaign

Michael Cohen, the former personal attorney of President Donald Trump, testifies at a House Committee on Oversight and Reform hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C., February 27, 2019. (Carlos Barria/REUTERS)

Michael Cohen, while testifying Wednesday before the House Oversight Committee, denied traveling to Prague to meet with Russian operatives during President Trump’s 2016 campaign, as was alleged in the infamous Steele dossier and subsequent reporting.

“I’ve never been to Prague. I’ve never been to the Czech Republic,” Cohen told lawmakers.

Cohen’s testimony refutes both the Steele dossier, in which former British spy Christopher Steele alleged that Cohen traveled to Prague to meet with a Kremlin official about Russian efforts to leak DNC emails, and a subsequent McClatchy report that partially confirmed Steele’s findings.

The McClatchy report, published in April 2018, claimed that Special Counsel Robert Mueller had evidence that Cohen “secretly made a late-summer trip to Prague during the 2016 presidential campaign” and speculated that Cohen did so to meet with Konstantin Kosachev, a member of the Russian legislature with close ties to Vladimir Putin.

McClatchy followed up with a second report in December that indicated Cohen’s cell phone “briefly sent signals ricocheting off cell towers in the Prague area in late summer 2016, at the height of the presidential campaign, leaving an electronic record to support claims that Cohen met secretly there with Russian officials.”

Cohen and his representatives have previously denied the allegation, but Wednesday represents the first time he’s done so under oath. “Bad reporting, bad information and bad story by same reporter Peter Stone,” Cohen tweeted in response to the initial McClatchy report.

The Steele dossier, which was indirectly funded by the Clinton campaign through a law firm, alleged that Cohen met with two Russians and a number of Eastern European hackers in Prague to discuss “how deniable cash payments were to be made to hackers in Europe who had worked under Kremlin direction against the Clinton campaign.”

Many of the salacious allegations in the Steele dossier remain unsubstantiated and Steele himself has conceded that only 70 to 90 percent of the dossier is accurate.

Something to Consider

If you enjoyed this article, we have a proposition for you: Join NRPLUS. Members get all of our content (including the magazine), no paywalls or content meters, an advertising-minimal experience, and unique access to our writers and editors (conference calls, social-media groups, etc.). And importantly, NRPLUS members help keep NR going. Consider it?

If you enjoyed this article, and were stimulated by its contents, we have a proposition for you: Join NRPLUS.

LEARN MORE

Most Popular

Politics & Policy

Fox News Anchor Shepard Smith Resigns

Fox News Channel's chief anchor, Shepard Smith, announced on air Friday that he would be resigning from his post after 23 years with the network. “This is my last newscast here,” said Smith. “Recently, I asked the company to allow me to leave Fox News. After requesting that I stay, they obliged.” He ... Read More
NR Webathon

Don’t Let Michael Mann Succeed

I  enjoyed the running joke of Jarndyce v. Jarndyce in the great Dickens novel Bleak House, back when I first read it. Little did I know that one day I and the magazine that I love would effectively be caught up in a version of that interminable case, courtesy of a litigious climate scientist with zero regard ... Read More
White House

What Is Impeachment For?

W hat is impeachment for? Seems like a simple question. Constitutionally speaking, it also appears to have a simple answer: to cite and remove from power a president guilty of wrongdoing. Aye, there’s the rub. What sort of wrongdoing warrants removal from power? I’d wager that the flames of ... Read More
Elections

Beto Proposes to Oppress Church with State

Beto O’Rourke’s presidential campaign is within the margin of error of non-existence, but in his failure he has found a purpose: expressing the Democratic id. His latest bid for left-wing love came at a CNN forum on gay rights, where he said that churches that oppose same-sex marriage should have to pay ... Read More