Michael Cohen, President-elect Donald Trump’s special counsel, attacked CNN and BuzzFeed on Wednesday night for releasing his name in connection with unverified claims that Russian spies had aided Trump’s successful presidential campaign.
Late Tuesday, BuzzFeed published a dossier prepared by a former British intelligence officer that claimed Cohen had met with Russian operatives in Prague this past August to discuss the gathering of possible political intelligence to use against Hillary Clinton.
The unverified report also tried to smear President-elect Donald Trump with sex scandal allegations.
Cohen immediately denied that he was in Prague during the period alleged in the dossier. During an interview with Washingtonian, Cohen said that the only trip he had been on was to Los Angeles, where he and his son visited the baseball program at USC.
Michael Cohen told Sean Hannity of Fox News that Trump asked Cohen to show him his passport after details of the dossier were made public.
Cohen told Hannity that Trump said to him;
“So Michael, I really need to know.” I said, “Mr. Trump, I have never been to Prague.” He said to me, “OK.” I said, “You want to see my passport?” I live close to the office, and he said “You mind if I see it?” I said “Of course not, you’re the president-elect. I’ll be there in about two minutes.”
Cohen was also not happy about those who disbelieve his story, asking him to prove a negative.
During the Fox interview, Cohen said, “How am I supposed to argue when I’m telling you this is where I was at? They’re claiming ‘Oh, no, you weren’t there.’ I said, ‘Yes, I was. I was there. I was in Los Angeles.’ ‘Well, why were you there?’ What’s the difference why I was there?” Cohen asked. “I was not in Prague. They claimed that they have photos of me with some Russian government people. I said, ‘Produce the photos’ … I’ve never been to Prague and I’ve never been to Russia.”
Cohen told Hannity, “The report affected my family, it affected my wife, my in-laws, my children, so that’s not OK.”
Cohen added, ” I believe CNN and BuzzFeed and others owe them a serious apology.”
Video of Fox interview below:
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