After a recently released intelligence dossier made headlines with shocking claims against President-elect Trump, it has been found to contain a major flaw.
The report claims that Trump’s attorney, Michael Cohen, traveled to Prague in August 2016 to meet with Kremlin officials. However, evidence proves otherwise.
Sean Spicer, Trump’s press secretary, addressed the issue at the beginning of a press conference that was held on Wednesday.
“Michael Cohen, who was said to have visited Prague in August and September, did not leave or enter the United States during this time. We asked him to produce his passport to confirm his whereabouts on the dates in question and there is no doubt that he was not in Prague. In fact, Mr. Cohen has never been in Prague.”
He continued, “A new report suggest that Michael Cohen was at the University of Southern California with his son at a baseball game. One report now suggest that apparently it’s another Michael Cohen. For all the talk lately about fake news, this political witch hunt by some in the media is based on some of the most flimsy reporting and frankly it’s shameful and disgraceful.”
On Tuesday, Cohen firmly denied the accusations of his travels, tweeting a picture of his passport and declaring that he has never even visited Prague once in his life.
Cohen, who claimed to be touring the USC campus with his son, was backed by witnesses witness accounts.
CNN has now reported that the Michael Cohen in the report is not Trump’s lawyer. Instead, it is a man with the same name from a different country.
— Michael Cohen (@MichaelCohen212) January 11, 2017
During Trump’s conference, he called the report “a disgrace” and denounced CNN and BuzzFeed for publishing the documents.
“Information that was false and fake and never happened got released to the public by BuzzFeed – which is a failing pile of garbage – writing it, I think they are going to suffer the consequences. They already are,” he said.
Trump received information regarding the unsubstantiated report that Russia had compromising personal and financial information about him on Tuesday. After the reports were published about the briefing, he took to Twitter to slam the media outlets and the information they released.
“FAKE NEWS – A TOTAL POLITICAL WITCH HUNT!”
FAKE NEWS – A TOTAL POLITICAL WITCH HUNT!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 11, 2017
Russia has also denied the report calling it a “complete fabrication and utter nonsense.”
Putin’s spokesman, Dmitry Peskov, told reporters, “This is an evident attempt to harm our bilateral ties. The Kremlin does not engage in collecting compromising information. We should treat it with humor, but there is a sad side to it, too.”
Peskov deemed the report an effort to “keep harming the relations, not allow anyone to think about whether this is in the interests of both countries, the interests of the global community and what can be done to move from a total confrontation to a more constructive approach. There are people who are whipping up this frenzy, who are doing their best to keep this witch hunt going.”
Russian state television also dismissed the report citing its convenient release that was timed with Barack Obama’s final speech as president.
“The release would help Obama to slam the door even louder,’ Rossiya 24 television said on an afternoon news bulletin. Noting that different sections of the report were written in different typefaces, ‘it does not look like it was compiled by professionals,” Rossiya 24 said.
H/T: Daily Mail
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