Trump's lawyer is suing BuzzFeed over Trump dossier

Sergio Conner
January 13, 2018

Christopher Steele, who worked in Moscow during his days as an MI6 agent, then compiled the 35-page "Trump dossier" containing salacious allegations whose goal was to embarrass Donald Trump but did not prove he had colluded with Russians. "I don't have any desire to censure her", Hatch said, adding that there are "certain approaches you abide by" that pay homage to the longstanding comity that has existed between the chairman and ranking member of the panel.

In his op-ed, Smith asserted that the dossier provided critical context for the American public to understand the actions of the various political players in the metastasizing investigation of Trump and his campaign's ties to Russian Federation. Ted Lieu, Adam Schiff, and Maxine Waters as vocal opponents of the Trump Administration.

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The lawyer Michael Cohen, filed the lawsuit in NY state on Tuesday, almost a year after BuzzFeed published the dossier commissioned by political opposition research firm Fusion GPS. Dianne FeinsteinDianne Emiel FeinsteinGrassley blasts Democrats over unwillingness to probe Clinton Avalanche of Democratic senators say Franken should resign Blumenthal: "Credible case" of obstruction of justice can be made against Trump MORE (D-Calif.) unilaterally published the full testimony of Glenn Simpson, co-founder of Fusion GPS, the research firm that hired Steele to investigate Trump. He says she released the testimony "totally without authorization". "If Cohen ends up litigating the truthfulness of information in the dossier, it could be embarrassing for him and for the president, since he opens a can of worms that defense lawyers can pick at to make Cohen's past and his involvement with the president very uncomfortable", he said.

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Grassley said in an angry news release on Tuesday that he was "confounded" by the release and argued that it could undermine attempts to get additional witnesses.

Trump called the dossier "fake" and disputed all the allegations in it.

Simpson also said he had no "factual reason to believe" the meeting at Trump Tower between a Russian lawyer and Donald Trump Jr. was part of the Kremlin's effort to reach out to the Trump campaign.

The committee is in the process of scheduling eight witnesses including Federal Bureau of Investigation agent Peter Strzok and Federal Bureau of Investigation lawyer Lisa Page, who exchanged anti-Trump text messages during an affair and previously worked on the special counsel's Russian Federation probe; Federal Bureau of Investigation general counsel James Baker, who was reassigned; Federal Bureau of Investigation head of counterintelligence Bill Priestap, whom ex-FBI boss James Comey testified made the decision not to brief Congress about the Russian Federation case during last year's election; Federal Bureau of Investigation special agent and chief of staff James Rybicki; and Federal Bureau of Investigation congressional liaison Greg Brower. On Aug. 22, Simpson spoke with Senate Judiciary Committee investigators for 10 hours. He has also talked to the House and Senate intelligence committees.

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