Michael Cohen, President Trump’s embattled personal attorney, denied a report that the FBI raid on his Manhattan office and residence yielded evidence that could confirm a key point of the controversial dossier about alleged Trump ties to Russia.
“I have never been to Prague,” Cohen told The Post Saturday as he left the Loews Regency Hotel on Park Avenue.
The Steele dossier, a report generated by a former British spy in 2016 and funded by Hillary Clinton’s campaign, claimed that Cohen traveled to the Czech capital in August of that year to meet with a top ally of Vladimir Putin. The meeting was allegedly central to Russia’s efforts in support of Trump’s presidential bid.
When the Steele dossier – which also included lewd stories about Trump interacting with Russian prostitutes – was published in January 2017, Cohen denied having made such a trip and showed his passport — unstamped by Czech authorities — to media outlets as proof.
But according to sources connected to Special Counsel Robert Mueller, Cohen may have traveled to Prague indirectly through Germany in August or September of 2016, McClatchy reported Friday. The open border between the neighboring countries would not have required a passport.
Confirmation of the visit, in the face of Cohen’s repeated denials, would be a significant development in the Mueller investigation’s attempt to corroborate allegations that the Trump campaign colluded with the Russian government during the 2016 campaign.