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Eastern European intelligence agencies reportedly found cell phone data that suggests former Trump attorney Michael Cohen was near Prague during the late summer of 2016. If confirmed that would validate a key assertion in the “Steele dossier,” the controversial document on Trump campaign dealings with the Kremlin assembled by former British intelligence agent Christopher Steele.

According to a story published by McClatchy Newspapers on Thursday, Cohen’s phone “briefly sent signals ricocheting off cell towers in the Prague area in late summer 2016, the height of the presidential campaign, leaving an electronic record to support claims that Cohen met secretly there with Russian officials, four people with knowledge of the matter say. The subject of the Prague meeting, said the McClatchy sources, was ensuring that the Trump-Russian connection would be adequately concealed by paying the Eastern European hackers who had penetrated the Clinton campaign.

Cohen has consistently denied visiting Prague at any time, on his own and through his attorneys. On Thursday he repeated that denial in a tweet that concluded: “#MuellerKnowsAll.”

The McClatchy story also indicated that Eastern European intelligence had “picked up a conversation among Russians, one of whom remarked that Cohen was in Prague, two people familiar with the incident said.” Both intelligence reports have been shared with the Mueller investigation, according to the McClatchy story.

 

 

 

Michael Flynn

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Reprinted with permission from Alternet

President Donald Trump on Wednesday announced a "full pardon" for his former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn, a key figure from the start of Russia investigation and the appointment of Special Counsel Robert Mueller.

Flynn had pleaded guilty to lying to the FBI about his contacts with the Russian ambassador during the 2016 presidential transition. The reason for his lying was never fully explained. He also admitted to working as an unregistered foreign agent for Turkey while serving on the Trump campaign, work that included publishing a ghost-written op-ed in The Hill that argued for extraditing an American resident who is seen as an enemy of the Turkish government. After admitting to his crimes, Flynn attempted to recant and withdraw his guilty plea, an issue which had yet to be resolved by the courts.

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