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Michael Cohen Shoots Down Report about Prague Trip: 'Bad Reporting, Bad Information and Bad Story'

Attorney Michael Cohen, Wednesday, April 11, 2018, in New York. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)

Michael Cohen, President Donald Trump’s longtime personal attorney, on Saturday shot down a McClatchy report alleging that Special Counsel Robert Mueller has evidence Cohen went to Prague during the 2016 election.

“Bad reporting, bad information and bad story,” Cohen tweeted, namechecking Peter Stone, the reporter behind the story. “No matter how many times or ways they write it, I have never been to Prague. I was in LA with my son. Proven!”

According to the McClatchy report, Mueller has evidence that Cohen traveled to Prague in the summer of 2016 and met with a prominent Russian politician named Konstantin Kosachev.

The claim was first made in the Democrat-sponsored, laundered “intel” report known as the Steele dossier, as compiled by former British spy Christopher Steele.

Senate Judiciary Chairman Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) and Senator Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) in January sent a criminal referral on Steele, which is now declassified, to the Justice Department and the FBI.

Grassley and Graham want Steele investigated for providing “false information” to the FBI, which would be a violation of 18 U.S.C. §1001 — the same statute that former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn was charged under. But they also want DOJ and the FBI to investigate whether the representations the FBI made to the secret Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) court to obtain a warrant that started the surveillance of the Trump transition team “were in error.”

There has been no movement from the Justice Department to date on Steele, but federal prosecutors confirmed on Friday that the president’s personal attorney has been “under criminal investigation” in New York for months because of his business dealings.

FBI agents raided Cohen’s office and hotel room on Monday, on a referral by Mueller. One day before the raid, Cohen tweeted that he would always protect the president:

Cohen also vehemently denied that he had been to Prague after the dossier was published in January of last year. “I have never been to Prague in my life,” he tweeted, along with a picture of his passport: