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April 13, 2018 6:52 pm - NewsBehavingBadly.com

Michael Cohen, Donald Trump’s fixer… er, ahem, “personal lawyer,” is going to need some more lawyers.

Here is your major breaking Friday night news via McClatchy.

The Justice Department special counsel has evidence that Donald Trump’s personal lawyer and confidant, Michael Cohen, secretly made a late-summer trip to Prague during the 2016 presidential campaign, according to two sources familiar with the matter.

Confirmation of the trip would lend credence to a retired British spy’s report that Cohen strategized there with a powerful Kremlin figure about Russian meddling in the U.S. election.

It would also be one of the most significant developments thus far in Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation of whether the Trump campaign and the Kremlin worked together to help Trump win the White House. Undercutting Trump’s repeated pronouncements that “there is no evidence of collusion,” it also could ratchet up the stakes if the president tries, as he has intimated he might for months, to order Mueller’s firing.

Remember this from last August?

The lawyer for a close ally of President Donald Trump fought back against some of the most explosive allegations included in a Russia dossier and argued that congressional investigators should be searching for the donors who paid for it.

In a detailed letter sent to members of the House intelligence committee earlier this month, Stephen Ryan, who represents Michael Cohen, a former Trump Organization executive who is now the President’s personal attorney, said the dossier’s allegations were unfounded.

In particular, the dossier includes an allegation that Cohen traveled to Prague last August to meet with Russian officials as part of an alleged effort to maintain an operation between the Trump campaign and the Kremlin.
“Mr. Cohen has never traveled to Prague, Czech Republic, as evidenced by his US passport. He did not participate in meetings of any kind with Kremlin officials in Prague in August 2016,” Ryan wrote in his letter to the committee.

Anyone else out there want to wager that Cohen was traveling under an alias? And was caught on multiple SIGINT operations? Reportedly, Cohen had been in Germany and would not have needed a passport to travel to and from Prague, but I’d still wager he went “David Dennison” when it came to bookings and arrangements.

Even if he was not — and if he was talking to Russians tied to the effort to disrupt the 2016 presidential election — we predict that either Special Counsel Bob Mueller’s team or the US Attorney for the Southern District of New York (or BOTH) will charge Cohen with espionage.

Yes, espionage.

Hey, Mike, remember what happened to Julius and Ethel Rosenberg? Better update your will, pal, because you’re in over your head, and you should not count count on Trump being around to pardon your treasonweasel ass!

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Dave "Doctor" Gonzo is a renegade media producer, occasional bassist, web developer, and Grammy® voter. He is editor and senior contributor to News Behaving Badly. He has written for American Politics Journal, Alan Colmes' Liberaland (Dave was also a semi-frequent Friday guest on Alan's radio show), and (in print) Audio Review. Dave lives in s fortified compound with doorman in Manhattan's not-so-trendy Yorkville neighborhood.