McClatchy Reporter Says Report on Cohen’s Prague Trip Cited Third-Hand Evidence


McClatchy’s Greg Gordon, one of the journalists behind the explosive report on the president’s ex-lawyer Michael Cohen visiting Prague amid the 2016 election, admitted that he did not see first-hand some of the primary evidence used in the piece.

On Thursday, McClatchy reported that there is evidence showing Cohen visited the Czech Republic during Trump’s presidential run, which — if true — would confirm information from the Steele dossier. McClatchy cited third-hand information from foreign intelligence agencies as placing Cohen in Prague during that timeframe, which was reportedly gathered via cell phone data.

While on MSNBC last night, Joy Reid asked Gordon if he and his colleague Peter Stone cited “anything that you were able to physically see for yourselves?”

“I wish we had. We held out for a while for that, and it came a time when we thought we had a critical mass. It is a competitive business,” he replied.

Gordan continued: “Some of the sources have government sources, and some of the sources are people who have told us that they have trusted intelligence-type sources that they get information from. We don’t know the specifics, but we have used these sources on many subjects, and they have been very accurate.”

Previously in the segment, Gordan was asked to respond to Cohen denying the McClatchy report and stating he never visited the Czech Republic during the 2016 campaign.

“All I can say to that we’re just gonna have to see how this sorts out because Michael Cohen as we all know has been convicted of lying about his dealings with the Trump hotel in Russia, he’s been convicted being deceitful in a number of ways, so his credibility is not high,” Gordan remarked. “We have to follow what our sources who we trust and have developed over this two-year period tell us.”

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