Intel report alleges Trump’s lawyer met with Russian operatives during campaign
Have you gotten the pee jokes out of your system yet? Great. Once you flip past the section of that intel report on Donald Trump’s alleged game of water sports with Russian sex workers, the dossier of memos from a former British intelligence officer that has been floating around intelligence and legal communities for months alleges that the president-elect’s lawyer Michael Cohen acted as the secret backchannel to the Russian government after former Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort resigned.
Before we get any further into this, none of this information is confirmed, but since CNN broke the news that both the president-elect and President Obama have already been briefed on a report based on the collected memos shared by BuzzFeed News on Tuesday evening, it’s worth talking about. The report claimed that Cohen met with NGO officials with ties to Kremlin in August of 2016 in order to discuss keeping the full scope of Manafort’s various alleged commercial and business relationships with Russia from going public.
This report alleges that Trump lawyer MICHAEL COHEN secretly met with Russian officials in an EU country in August 2016 pic.twitter.com/H0jmsLsNlg
— Oliver Darcy (@oliverdarcy) January 10, 2017
“It’s so ridiculous on so many levels,” Cohen told Mic News. “Clearly the person who created this did so from their imagination or did so hoping that the liberal media would run with this fake story for whatever rationale they might have.”
Cohen added that he was in Los Angeles celebrating his 50th birthday with his family when the meeting outlined in the memos was going down. The Trump loyalist also issued a blanket denial on his Twitter, which would be more convincing if he actually opened the passport.
— Michael Cohen (@MichaelCohen212) January 11, 2017
Trump is expected to appear at a long overdue press conference on Wednesday, but he responded to the report’s allegations through his favorite medium.
FAKE NEWS – A TOTAL POLITICAL WITCH HUNT!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 11, 2017
Given how thick-skinned Trump is, this should all roll off him like water off a duck’s back.