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Michael Cohen Denies Report About Prague Cell Phone Signal

A mobile phone traced to President Trump’s former lawyer Michael Cohen sent signals to cell towers in Prague during the summer of 2016, a possible sign that Cohen did go to the country to secretly meet with Russian officials during the presidential campaign, McClatchy DC reported.

However, Cohen quickly denied the report, noting that he has never been to Prague and that Robert Mueller knows the truth.

At the time of the reported cell phone ping, either in late August or early September, an Eastern European intelligence agency separately also overheard a conversation between Russians noting that Cohen had been in Prague, the report claims.

The two new pieces of evidence bolster allegations that Cohen — then a close Trump aide — may have been more active than was previously known as an intermediary with Russia as it meddled with the 2016 election.

Cohen has repeatedly publicly denied visiting Prague or meeting Russians there, and his latest tweet suggests he hasn’t said said anything different to Robert Mueller’s investigators.

The Prague claim first surfaced in the so-called Steele Dossier, a package of claims about Trump and the Russians that the president has called “a pile of garbage.”

The cell phone discovery doesn’t say much — such as who Cohen may have talked to and about what.

Alyssa Fisher is a news writer at the Forward. Email her at, or follow her on Twitter at @alyssalfisher


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