President Trump’s personal attorney, Michael Cohen, is allegedly denying claims that the FBI has launched a probe into his ties with Russia and a classified proposal to lift Russian sanctions he purportedly delivered to Gen. Michael Flynn’s office, reports LawNewz.
Cohen issued this statement to the media outlet: “100 percent untrue. I have not been contacted by anyone from the FBI or any government organization. It would take any half decent, unbiased journalist 10 minutes to verify the inaccuracies in the dossier.”
The New York Times ran an article on Sunday accusing Cohen of leaving a proposal in a sealed envelope in the office of then-national security adviser Michael Flynn while visiting Trump in the White House. The incident reportedly took place one week before Flynn resigned. Furthermore, it is alleged that several members of Trump’s cabinet, along with Cohen, are under “scrutiny” in an FBI counterintelligence investigation citing links to Russia.
The NY Times stated:
At a time when Mr. Trump’s ties to Russia, and the people connected to him, are under heightened scrutiny — with investigations by American intelligence agencies, the F.B.I. and Congress — some of his associates remain willing and eager to wade into Russia-related efforts behind the scenes.
Cohen acknowledges that the meeting took place and that he had left with the peace proposal in hand. He claims he did not take the envelope to the White House and did not discuss it with anyone, and he calls anything to the contrary “fake news.”
“I acknowledge that the brief meeting took place [about Russia and Ukraine referenced in the NY Times article], but emphatically deny discussing this topic or delivering any documents to the White House and/or General Flynn,” Cohen told reporters. “Despite the multitude of statements issued denying any nexus between Presidents Trump and Putin, the mainstream media just keeps on trying to perpetuate this lie.”
Additionally, the NY Times claims that the FBI is also investigating an unverified dossier, compiled by a former British intelligence spy, which alleges that “Cohen met with a Russian representative in Prague during the presidential campaign to discuss Russia’s hacking of Democratic targets.” However, the Russian official in the report told the Times that he had never met Cohen, and Cohen maintains that he never visited Prague and it is a false accusation.
Cohen said no FBI investigators have contacted him about the dossier and he called the ongoing suggestion of federal interest in the case infuriating, saying, “It has to stop.”
H/T: Law Newz
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