Trump lawyer claims Russian Federation dossier defamed him, sues BuzzFeed and Fusion GPS

Sergio Conner
January 13, 2018

President Trump's personal lawyer Michael Cohen is suing BuzzFeed News and Fusion GPS over a dossier that includes unverified allegations linking Trump to Russia, Bloomberg News reported Tuesday.

In an op-ed published Tuesday in The New York Times, Smith adamantly defended BuzzFeed's controversial decision to publish the unverified dossier in its entirety past year. "Just filed a defamation action against @BuzzFeedNews for publishing the lie filled document on @POTUS @realDonaldTrump and me!"

A separate lawsuit filed at the federal level in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of NY against Fusion GPS seeks $100 million in damages, makes similar allegations regarding the veracity of the document, but states that the firm was reckless in sharing its contents with the media.

The lawyer for Fusion GPS co-founder Glenn Simpson made the revelation after Republican Sen.

He said that seems much more likely than the report that a former Trump campaign adviser's drunken boasts - not the dossier - led to the investigation.

It was later revealed that Perkins Coie, the law firm representing former Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton's presidential campaign and DNC, retained Fusion GPS to do opposition research against the Trump campaign, which is legal and something that all campaigns do to change the public view of their rivals. Grassley said the release could undermine attempts to interview other witnesses in the committee's investigation of Russian interference in the 2016 election. "Its interest to the public is obvious", BuzzFeed spokesman Matt Mittenthal said via Twitter.

"The Russia investigation, meanwhile, didn't turn out to be some minor side story but instead the central challenge to Mr. Trump's presidency", argued Smith.

It could be a real headache for the website that a year ago published - in full - a dossier containing unverified claims about connections between Trump and Russia, including some involving Cohen, who was alleged to have traveled to Prague for a secret meeting with a Russian official.

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"Public information indicates that the [judge] 'volunteered as a vetter for President Trump's transition team, '" Fusion GPS writes of Judge McFadden.

Some Republicans have been critical of Special Counsel Robert Mueller's probe into possible collusion between the Trump campaign and Russian Federation, claiming the initial Federal Bureau of Investigation probe was triggered by Mr Steele's dossier. Her father, it says, has been to Russian Federation only once. As part of that case, lawyers for Gubarev, who runs XBT, a technology company based in Luxembourg, have subpoenaed both Fusion and Steele for documents about the dossier and their communications with the news media.

Buzzfeed News broke ranks and published the 35-page dossier days later.

BuzzFeed's top editor has said he is "proud" that the organisation published the dossier.

He noted that the "clear errors" BuzzFeed immediately identified did not relate to Cohen.

Buzzfeed has publicly affirmed its decision to publish the material, claiming it to be clearly within the public interest and looks forward to defend its decision to do so on First Amendment freedom of press grounds.

Neither lawsuit mentions one of the dossier's most tawdry allegations: that the Kremlin has a video of Trump hiring prostitutes to urinate on a bed in a Moscow hotel where Barack and Michelle Obama once stayed.

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