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GOP rep: Cohen's Prague testimony 'undermines this whole dossier'

GOP rep: Cohen's Prague testimony 'undermines this whole dossier'
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Rep. Jim JordanJames (Jim) Daniel JordanDemocrats don't trust GOP on 1/6 commission: 'These people are dangerous' The Hill's 12:30 Report - Presented by Facebook - Divided House on full display Trump to reemerge on political scene at CPAC MORE (R-Ohio) said Sunday that Michael Cohen's testimony that he has never been to Prague "undermines" the so-called Steele dossier, which alleges connections between President TrumpDonald TrumpNoem touts South Dakota coronavirus response, knocks lockdowns in CPAC speech On The Trail: Cuomo and Newsom — a story of two embattled governors McCarthy: 'I would bet my house' GOP takes back lower chamber in 2022 MORE and Russia.

“He said that, and that’s something you can verify. You can look at passports, you can look at travel," the conservative lawmaker said on NBC's "Meet the Press" when asked if he believes that Cohen, who served as Trump's personal attorney, has never been to Prague.

"So that undermines this whole dossier, which remember, was the basis for this whole crazy investigation to begin with," Jordan added. 

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The dossier, which was compiled by former British intelligence agent Christopher Steele, detailed efforts by Russia to coordinate with the Trump campaign to meddle in the 2016 presidential election. The dossier stated that Cohen met with Russian officials in Prague in 2016.

Cohen said during testimony before the House Oversight and Reform Committee last week that he has never been to Prague.

Several details of the dossier have been confirmed, but some of its details have not been verified.

NBC host Chuck Todd on Sunday pushed back on Jordan's claim that the dossier was the basis for the investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election and possible collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia.

“That isn’t the facts," Todd said. "It is something that you believe, but it has not been proven." 

Republicans have said that the dossier was used as the basis for a warrant to surveil former Trump campaign aide Carter Page, ultimately leading to the Russia investigation.

But former FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabeAndrew George McCabeJohn Durham's endgame: Don't expect criminal charges Carter Page sues over surveillance related to Russia probe McCabe defends investigation of Trump before Senate committee: We had 'many reasons' MORE said last year that Republicans in Congress had mischaracterized the role of the dossier in launching the investigation.

"We started the investigations without the dossier. We were proceeding with the investigations before we ever received that information," McCabe told CNN at the time. "Was the dossier material important to the package? Of course, it was. As was every fact included in that package. Was it the majority of what was in the package? Absolutely not."