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Michael Cohen calls Steele 'Austin Powers' after being accused of 'treason'

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Michael Cohen calls Steele ‘Austin Powers’ after being accused of ‘treason’

October 18, 05:06 PM October 18, 05:13 PM

Michael Cohen dismissed British ex-spy Christopher Steele as a “f***ing liar” and “Austin Powers” after the ex-MI6 agent suggested former President Donald Trump’s lawyer committed “treason.”

In an interview with George Stephanopoulos, former President Bill Clinton’s communications director, Steele defended his discredited anti-Trump dossier. The line where Steele accused Cohen of “treason” was not included in the ABC News clip on Sunday, only appearing in the full episode on Hulu on Monday.

Steele compiled the discredited Trump-Russia dossier after being hired by opposition research firm Fusion GPS, which itself had been hired by Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign in 2016.

During the interview, the agent reiterated his evidence-free claim about alleged Russian collusion in Prague despite findings by special counsel Robert Mueller and the FBI that this was false.

Stephanopoulos noted that Cohen turned on Trump and said it defied logic he would continue to deny the meeting if it were true.

“I don’t agree with that. It’s self-incriminating to a very great degree,” Steele insisted.

Stephanopoulos asked what Cohen would be incriminating himself in, and Steele replied, “Treason, presumably.”

STEELE STANDS BY DISCREDITED DOSSIER CLAIMS

Steele said he believes Cohen denied it “because I think it’s so incriminating and demeaning, and the other reason is, he might be scared of the consequences.”

Stephanopoulos asked Steele if he thought it hurt his credibility that he would not accept the findings of the FBI, to which Steele said, “I’m prepared to accept that not everything in the dossier is 100%. I have yet to be convinced that that is one of them.”

Cohen, who pleaded guilty to a number of crimes in 2018, released a new episode of his Mea Culpa podcast on Monday.

“Guess what’s back again? The Steele report, that piece of s*** document produced by Austin Powers,” Cohen said. “Steele is a f***ing liar. He’s a fraud.”

Cohen added: “He still believes I was in Prague. … The FBI, the Mueller team, everybody acknowledges I was with my son at USC. They went to USC, and they asked them. I have never been to Prague. … It’s a lie. The allegations in the Steele dossier are foolish.”

The Steele dossier’s “Company Report 136” was dated October 2016, claiming that a “Kremlin insider reports TRUMP lawyer COHEN’s secret meeting(s) with Kremlin officials in August 2016 was/were held in Prague.” Other Steele reports also pushed claims about Cohen.

Justice Department Inspector General Michael Horowitz released a report in December 2019 about the FBI’s Russia investigation, writing that “the FBI determined that some of the allegations in the Steele reporting, including that Trump attorney Michael Cohen had traveled to Prague in summer 2016 to meet with Kremlin representatives and that ‘anti-Clinton hackers’ had been paid by the ‘Trump team’ and Kremlin, were not true.”

An FBI supervisory intelligence analyst told Horowitz that “the FBI ultimately determined that some of the allegations contained in Steele’s election reporting were inaccurate,” including the allegation that Cohen had traveled to Prague to meet Kremlin representatives.

Mueller wrote in his April 2019 report: “Cohen had never traveled to Prague and was not concerned about those allegations, which he believed were provably false.”

Cohen testified before the House in February 2019 and denied the Prague allegations.

“I’m pleased to see that my old friend Christopher Steele a/k/a Austin Powers, has crawled out of the pub long enough to make up a few more stories,” Cohen said in a statement on Sunday. “I eagerly await his next secret dossier which proves the existence of Bigfoot, the Lochness Monster, and that Elvis is still alive.”

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According to a DOJ review in 2020, declassified footnotes show that a 2017 report relayed information “outlining an inaccuracy in a limited subset of Steele’s reporting about the actions of Michael Cohen.” The redacted source of this information “stated that it did not have high confidence in the subset of Steele’s reporting and assessed that the referenced subset was part of a Russian disinformation campaign to denigrate U.S. foreign relations.”

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