Despite President Donald Trump’s repeated denials that he didn’t collude or conspire with Russia during the 2016 election, new evidence uncovered by McClatchy would seem to be the ultimate smoking gun that does indeed tie one of Trump’s closest advisers directly to Russia during the race for the White House.
The McClatchy report, which is a follow-up to one from April, uses cell phone signals to place Trump’s former attorney and fixer, Michael Cohen, in Prague during the late summer of 2016:
“A mobile phone traced to President Donald Trump’s former lawyer and ‘fixer’ Michael Cohen briefly sent signals ricocheting off cell towers in the Prague area in late summer 2016, at 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.
“During the same period of late August or early September, electronic eavesdropping by an Eastern European intelligence agency picked up a conversation among Russians, one of whom remarked that Cohen was in Prague, two people familiar with the incident said.”
As Jonathan Chait of New York magazine notes, this new report is the worst news imaginable for the president:
“What would all this mean? Well, it would mean just about the worst possible thing for Trump. There’s no chance Cohen took such a meeting without Trump’s direction. As Cohen told George Stephanopoulos earlier this month, ‘nothing at the Trump organization was ever done unless it was run through Mr. Trump’ — certainly an international trip to covertly meet Russian intelligence officials would qualify as a matter Trump had to approve. As the previous McClatchy report indicates, (Special Counsel Robert) Mueller has the evidence of Cohen’s visit to Prague.”
Cohen, who was sentenced to three years in prison earlier this month, is now cooperating fully with the special counsel’s office and can confirm exactly why he might have been in Prague. His testimony, along with the cell phone evidence, could well give Mueller a slam dunk case against Trump.
Ever since Cohen flipped and began helping Mueller’s team, Trump has railed at him on Twitter, calling him a “rat” and suggesting that his former attorney should serve the rest of his life in prison. But it now looks like Cohen has turned the tables in a major way and could be on the verge of sending his former client to impeachment and indictment.
It’s called karma, and it just took a giant bite out of Donald Trump’s fat ass.