President-elect Donald Trump fired back at unverified reports that the Russian government had a direct hand in Trump's campaign and even has embarrassing evidence of him that could give them power to blackmail him as president.
“FAKE NEWS - A TOTAL POLITICAL WITCH HUNT!” Trump tweeted at 8:19 p.m. on Jan. 11, approximately two hours after a 35-page memo from an anonymous source who claims to be a former British intelligence official was published by Buzzfeed in full.
Buzzfeed has not been able to verify the explosive claims, but said it published the dossier “so that Americans can make up their own minds about allegations about the president-elect that have circulated at the highest levels of the U.S. government.”
In addition to making claims about Trump, the document points fingers at a slew of Trump campaign operatives and confidantes, including his attorney, Michael Cohen.
The document claims that Cohen acted as “the ongoing secret liaison relationship between the New York tycoon’s campaign and the Russian leadership” and met with Kremlin operatives in Prague as recently as August 2016.
Cohen denied the allegations.
“I’m telling you emphatically that I’ve not been to Prague, I’ve never been to Czech [Republic], I’ve not been to Russia,” Cohen told The Atlantic. “The story is completely inaccurate, it is fake news meant to malign Mr. Trump.”
Cohen said that he was actually at the University of Southern California in Los Angeles with his son meeting with the baseball coach at the time the dossier puts him in the Prague meeting with Kremlin officials.
A USC baseball source confirmed that Cohen and his son visited the university on August 29, reported The Atlantic.