Rolling Stone reports:
Buried in a footnote in Section II B of Volume II of the redacted Mueller report is a single reference to supposed kompromat the Russian government was rumored to have on the president — the infamous “pee tape.” The report confirms that then-FBI director James Comey briefed President-elect Trump about the report in January 2017, but it also reveals that the Trump campaign was privately aware as early as October 2016 — more than two months before BuzzFeed News published the Steele dossier — that embarrassing tapes of then-candidate Donald Trump might exist in Russia.
According to the report, on October 30th, 2016, Trump’s private attorney and fixer Michael Cohen received a text from a Russian businessman involved in the Trump Tower Moscow deal, in progress for more than a year. “Stopped flow of tapes from Russia but not sure if there’s anything else. Just so you know….” Giorgi Rtskhiladze wrote to Cohen. Cohen told investigators he spoke to Trump about the issue after receiving the texts from Rtskhiladze. Rtskhiladze later admitted he had been told the tapes were fake, but he did not communicate that to Cohen, the report says.
A brief examination of the ‘pee tape’ in the Mueller report buried in the footnotes:
Michael Cohen received a text from Russian businessman Rtskhiladze who said, “stopped flow of tapes from Russia but not sure if there’s anything else. Just so you know.”
— Tim Mak (@timkmak) April 18, 2019
— Talking Points Memo (@TPM) April 18, 2019
Mueller: In Oct 2016, Michael Cohen received text from Russian businessman, Giorgi Rtskhiladze, that said: “Stopped flow of tapes from Russia but not sure if there’s anything else. Just so you know…” Footnote raises matter in context of Comey briefing Trump on Steele dossier
— Jim Sciutto (@jimsciutto) April 18, 2019