Reports of compromising video footage of President Trump engaged with prostitutes in a Moscow hotel were “fake,” according to special counsel Robert Mueller’s report.
Russian businessman Giorgi Rtskhiladze told Mr. Trump’s then-fixer Michael Cohen that he stopped the tapes from being released. Mr. Rtskhiladze said the tapes were phony, but he did not share that with Mr. Cohen, according to a footnote in Mr. Mueller’s report.
Ex-British spy Christopher Steele wrote in his salacious and unverified dossier that the Kremlin possessed a tape of Mr. Trump cavorting with prostitutes in a Moscow hotel in 2013. The tape showed the prostitutes urinating on each other, Mr. Steele claimed.
The dossier also alleged Russia was using the tape to blackmail Mr. Trump.
Earlier this year, Mr. Cohen said he did not believe the tapes existed.
“I’ve heard about these tapes for a long time,” Cohen said in testimony before a congressional panel. “I’ve had many people contact me over the years. I have no reason to believe that that tape exists.”
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