Trump lawyer sues Buzzfeed for publishing Steele dossier

Elias Hubbard
January 13, 2018

In a New York Times op-ed posted Tuesday night just as word broke that Trump attorney Michael Cohen had filed a defamation suit against BuzzFeed over the story, Smith declared that he was "proud we published the Trump-Russia dossier".

The lawsuits were not immediately available on online court resources.

"He wants to be very careful to protect his sources", Josh Levy, an attorney for Fusion GPS co-founder Glenn Simpson, said during an August 22 Senate Judiciary Committee interview of his client.

Michael Cohen, a personal attorney for President Trump, is suing BuzzFeed for its reporting on the Russian Federation dossier.

Fusion GPS was hired by rivals of Trump within the Republican party and then by the Democrats to research Trump.

He also said that the dossier provided important context for understanding the ongoing investigations into Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election.

"He is not what we would call an 'all-purpose public figure, '" said Derigan Silver, co-author of the textbook "Mass Media Law". "And we understand why President Trump's supporters remain furious at the airing of a disturbingly vivid unproven allegation about encounters with prostitutes", argues Smith.

Cohen calls the reports a collection of "muckraking statements" created to harm his reputation, and connect him to alleged criminal contact between the Trump administration and Russian officials.

"When they have no collusion and nobody's found any collusion at any level, it seems unlikely that you'd even have an interview", Mr Trump said during a joint news conference with the prime minister of Norway.

"It will be proven that I had no involvement in this Russian collusion conspiracy", Cohen said in an interview Tuesday. They characterized it as an attempt to discredit a crucial source in the investigations by Congress and the special counsel, Robert Mueller, and distract from the central question: whether the Trump campaign knowingly sought aid from Russian Federation. "President-elect Trump began making public statements expressing his animosity toward Fusion GPS and its work relating to the Trump dossier during the transition".

Cohen said he told the panels that he never engaged with, was paid by, or communicated with anyone representing the Russian government, or anyone else, about hacking or interfering with the US election, hacking the Democratic Party, or about creating fake news stories to assist the Trump campaign or to damage the Hillary Clinton campaign.

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

"He said we should tell the Federal Bureau of Investigation, it's a national security issue", Simpson recalled to congressional investigators in August, according to a transcript of a closed-door interview with the Senate Judiciary Committee released this week.

Cohen announced he is suing the popular website for defamation after they published the salacious and uncorroborated Steele dossier in full last January.

Neither Fusion nor Steele had any immediate comment on Cohen's lawsuit.

On Tuesday, Smith published an opinion piece in the New York Times defending it's publication, claiming the government probes showed it was "real news".

The dossier alleges that Trump engaged in "perverted sexual acts" in Russian Federation and describes a "clandestine meeting" between Cohen and the Kremlin that took place in the Czech Republic capital of Prague.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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