Michael Cohen's Phone Reportedly Pinged Cell Towers In Prague, Sparking New Steele Dossier Discussion

Ever since the Steele dossier was released, many of its claims have been under dispute. However none of them have been more scrutinized than whether or not Trump Organization lawyer Michael Cohen was traveling to Prague during August 2016 to meet with representatives of Russian intelligence. On Thursday, McClatchy reported, citing four unnamed sources, that a phone traced to Cohen "briefly sent signals ricocheting off cell towers in the Prague area in late summer 2016".

While some in the media will likely cling to this report as gospel and some type of "smoking gun", others have been skeptical, noting how easy it could be to clone Cohen's phone for nefarious purposes.  

According to the Steele dossier, the alleged meet up was for the purposes of "compris[ing] questions on how deniable cash payments were to be made to hackers who had worked in Europe under Kremlin direction against the [Clinton] campaign and various contingencies for covering up these operations and Moscow’s secret liaison with the [Trump] team more generally.”

Defending themselves vehemently, Cohen, Trump and others associated with the president all insisted that he had never even been to Prague once in his entire life. Here is a clip of Cohen stating "I've never been to Prague" earlier this year on Hannity. He further goes on to say that he allowed Trump to inspect his passport in order to corroborate his innocence. 

This extremely firm and verbose denial has been the cornerstone of doubt and skepticism that has surrounded the dossier since then.

Also of interest, the Daily Mail raised the question of how easy it could be to clone a phone like Cohens, stating that "a Cohen adversary might have obtained the unique digital ID of his phone and put it on another," which the paper calls "a simple task for the technically inclined."

Back in April of this year, it was reported that the Mueller team had obtained evidence that Cohen was in fact in Prague. Also reportedly during that period, an Eastern European intelligence agency supposedly electronically surveilled a conversation in which a Russian had stated that Cohen was in Prague. Follow up on the April report has been spotty so far.