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Steele Dossier - Cohen in Prague

Postby KeithE » Sat Apr 14, 2018 2:00 pm

Michael Cohen’s visiting Prague would be a huge development in the Russia investigation

McClatchy reported on Friday evening that special counsel Robert S. Mueller III’s team has evidence of a trip by President Trump’s personal lawyer to Prague in the late summer of 2016. Overseas travel to non-Russian countries might strike some observers as an incremental — if not unimportant — development in Mueller’s probe. That is not the case. Confirmation that Cohen visited Prague could be quite significant.

A trip to Prague by Cohen was included in the dossier of reports written by former British intelligence official Christopher Steele. Those reports, paid for by an attorney working for Hillary Clinton’s campaign and the Democratic National Committee, included a broad array of raw intelligence, much of which has not been corroborated and much of which would probably defy easy corroboration, focusing on internal political discussions in the Kremlin.

Cohen’s visiting Prague, though, is concrete. Over the course of three of the dossier’s 17 reports, the claim is outlined — but we hasten to note that these allegations have not been confirmed by The Washington Post.

It suggests that Cohen took over management of the relationship with Russia after campaign chairman Paul Manafort was fired from the campaign in August (because of questions about his relationship with a political party in Ukraine). Cohen is said to have met secretly with people in Prague — possibly at the Russian Center for Science and Culture — in the last week of August or the first of September. He allegedly met with representatives of the Russian government, possibly including officials of the Presidential Administration Legal Department; Oleg Solodukhin (who works with the Russian Center for Science and Culture); or Konstantin Kosachev, head of the foreign relations committee in the upper house of parliament. A planned meeting in Moscow, the dossier alleges, was considered too risky, given that a topic of conversation was how to divert attention from Manafort’s links to Russia and a trip to Moscow by Carter Page in July. Another topic of conversation, according to the dossier: allegedly paying off “Romanian hackers” who had been targeting the Clinton campaign.

There is a lot there — but it hinged on Cohen’s having traveled to Prague. If he was not in Prague, none of this happened. If he visited Prague? Well, then we go a level deeper.

McClatchy notes that there is no evidence of who, if anyone, Cohen met with, but that the time frame was in late August or early September, as the dossier suggests.

Which brings us to the other reason this development could be significant.

Cohen, for months, has consistently argued that he never made any such trip.

read on in the link above.

And Cohen is denying this today:
Trump's personal lawyer denies report of Prague meeting with Russians during campaign about 1 hour ago.

Meanwhile the WH is in “Full Lid” mode. That means 'no more news releases today' with Pence in Peru having to speak about Syria - not like Trump.
https://www.quora.com/What-does-the-Whi ... -they-say-“thats-a-lid”-to-the-press-What-did-they-mean-by-this-on-the-West-Wing

Just speculating. I suspect we will hear more about this.
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Re: Steele Dossier - Cohen in Prague

Postby Haruo » Sat Apr 14, 2018 3:38 pm

Whatever that Quora link is supposed to be, it isn't.
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Re: Steele Dossier - Cohen in Prague

Postby KeithE » Sat Apr 14, 2018 3:48 pm

Haruo wrote:Whatever that Quora link is supposed to be, it isn't.



I think the “ interfers withe url link.

Try

http://westwing.bewarne.com/queries/glossary.html

Apparently it got started by the TV show West Wing but has been used by reporters for some time and I heard it today.

It means expect no more news releases today from the WH.
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Re: Steele Dossier - Cohen in Prague

Postby KeithE » Mon Apr 16, 2018 2:12 pm

Just released that Cohen has 3 main clients - Trump, Elliot Broidy and now (drum roll) Sean Hannity (Fox News).

Who is Broidy?

Elliott Broidy (born 1956/1957) is an American venture capitalist, Republican fundraiser, and philanthropist. From 2005 to 2008 he was finance chairman of the Republican National Committee (RNC). In 2017 he was named a deputy finance chairman of the RNC. He resigned from this role in April 2018 after the Wall Street Journal reported that Broidy had a sexual affair with a Playboy Playmate which resulted in a pregnancy that she terminated, and that Michael Cohen, Donald Trump's personal lawyer who is under investigation for bank fraud, wire fraud and campaign finance violations, arranged a payment of $1.6 million in hush money to the woman involved.
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Re: Steele Dossier - Cohen in Prague

Postby KeithE » Tue Apr 17, 2018 8:06 am

KeithE wrote:Just released that Cohen has 3 main clients - Trump, Elliot Broidy and now (drum roll) Sean Hannity (Fox News).

Who is Broidy?

Elliott Broidy (born 1956/1957) is an American venture capitalist, Republican fundraiser, and philanthropist. From 2005 to 2008 he was finance chairman of the Republican National Committee (RNC). In 2017 he was named a deputy finance chairman of the RNC. He resigned from this role in April 2018 after the Wall Street Journal reported that Broidy had a sexual affair with a Playboy Playmate which resulted in a pregnancy that she terminated, and that Michael Cohen, Donald Trump's personal lawyer who is under investigation for bank fraud, wire fraud and campaign finance violations, arranged a payment of $1.6 million in hush money to the woman involved.


What is the deal here?
1) Hannity getting cover for more Fox culture (Ailes, O’Reilly, now Hannity?)
2) Trump getting cover from documents/audio recordings taken in the Cohen raid.

Both of these cannot be right:
A. Cohen team says Hannity is his third client
B. Hannity saying he was not and is not a client (only a few advisory talks - no payment)?

Note also Hannity did not give any disclaimers when reporting on Cohen matters. Fox News (if they have any scruples) should censure/fire him.
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