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Lindsey Graham urged McCain to give Trump-Russia dossier to FBI

McCain and Graham walk and talk.
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Senate Judiciary Chairman Lindsey Graham told CNN on Monday that when Sen. John McCain was presented with the controversial Steele dossier alleging a Trump-Russia campaign conspiracy in December 2016, Graham urged him to hand it off to the FBI.

Why it matters: President Trump last week renewed his attacks on McCain, claiming that the senator was responsible for pushing the dossier’s narrative into the public eye. Graham, now a Trump loyalist, said that he was "very direct" with the president about McCain's involvement while they were golfing this past week: "I understand that, clearly people are in the McCain world that did some things inappropriate but it was not John McCain," Graham said. "John McCain did not give it to anybody in the press."

Michael Cohen denies report he visited Prague in 2016

In a string of tweets on Thursday evening, President Trump's former personal attorney Michael Cohen emphatically denied an unconfirmed report from McClatchy that claims signals from his cell phone were detected around Prague, Czech Republic, during summer 2016.

"I hear #Prague #CzechRepublic is beautiful in the summertime. I wouldn’t know as I have never been. #Mueller knows everything!"

Why it matters: The infamous Steele dossier, a document that describes alleged coordination between the Trump campaign and the Russian government, claims that Cohen secretly met with Kremlin officials in Prague at that time. Cohen has continuously denied ever having traveled to Prague — famously tweeting a photo of his passport in early 2017 — and continues to do so even after providing extensive cooperation to special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation.