Special counsel Robert Mueller reportedly has evidence that President Trump’s personal lawyer Michael Cohen made a secret trip to Prague during the 2016 campaign to meet with a Russian operative to strategize “about Russian meddling in the U.S. election,” according to McClatchy.
The claim he visited the Czech Republic was originally made in the dossier compiled by former British spy Christopher Steele. The dossier alleges that Cohen traveled there to “‘clean up the mess’ created by public disclosures of other Trump associates’ reported ties to Russia.”
Cohen has publicly denied that he had ever been to Prague “in my life” after the dossier’s publication, tweeting a photo of his passport.
— Michael Cohen (@MichaelCohen212) January 11, 2017
McClatchy reported that Cohen entered the country through Germany during August or early September of 2016, which does not require a passport stamp.
Mueller’s team reportedly acquired evidence of Cohen entering the country through Germany during August or early September of 2016, which he wouldn’t have needed a passport for due to open border laws in some European countries.
The Hill adds:
The dossier claimed that in Prague Cohen met with a prominent ally of Russian President Vladimir Putin, Konstantin Kosachev, but it is not clear whether Mueller has evidence of such a meeting.
Koschahev was one of 24 Russian oligarchs slapped with U.S. sanctions earlier this month.
If such a meeting happened, it would be further evidence of ties between Trump associates and Putin. The dossier also claims that Cohen, among others, was deeply involved in a “cover up and damage limitation operation in the attempt to prevent the full details of Trump’s relationship with Russia being exposed.”