Cohen’s Cell Signal Traced To Prague, Possibly Verifying Key Steele Dossier Claim
Michael Cohen’s mobile phone purportedly sent signals pinging off of cell towers near Prague in late summer 2016, the time of the alleged Russian meeting, possibly verifying yet another Steele dossier claim.
The foreign intelligence cell signal record supports claims that Donald Trump’s former lawyer and “fixer” Michael Cohen met secretly with Russian officials in Prague, sources say.
Electronic eavesdropping by an Eastern European intelligence agency during the same period picked up a conversation among Russians, one of whom said that Cohen was in Prague.
This newly-revealed phone and surveillance data support the former British spy’s dossier of Kremlin intelligence that describes an alleged coordination between the Kremlin and Trump’s campaign.
The Steele dossier, which Trump has dismissed as “crooked Hillary pile of garbage” put Cohen and one or more Kremlin officials near Prague, plotting ways to thwart the discovery of the close relationship between Russia and Trump.
The new information adds to evidence to support that Cohen was in or near Prague around the time of the supposed meeting.
The newly-revealed electronic intelligence intercepts were shared with Special Counsel Robert Mueller who is investigating Russia’s meddling in the 2016 election.
Cohen has cooperated with the Mueller investigation since he pleaded guilty on Aug. 21 to charges of tax fraud, bank fraud and campaign finance law violations. Later on, he pleaded guilty to lying to Congress and was sentenced to three years in prison.
Assuming the foreign intelligence reports are accurate, the questions of whether Cohen told Mueller about the Prague meeting and if he told Trump about it loom large.
Mueller spokesperson Peter Carr declined to comment about the electronic intercepts.