Trump's Longtime Lawyer Sues BuzzFeed and the Firm Behind Russia Dossier

Elias Hubbard
January 13, 2018

"It will be proven that I had no involvement in this Russian collusion conspiracy", Cohen told Bloomberg on Tuesday.

That question remains unanswered.

He also testified to congressional investigators probing Russian interference in the 2016 elections to the House Intelligence Committee behind closed doors on October 24 and publicly to the Senate Intelligence Committee on October 25.

The salacious and unproven claims in the "Trump dossier" have been used against President Trump and his associates to accuse them of colluding with Russian Federation to influence the 2016 presidential election.

Earlier, Republican Senator Chuck Grassley had taken the equally unusual step of seeking a criminal investigation of Steele, alleging he had lied to the FBI over his contacts with the news media about the dossier.

"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.

ABC News reported that in both the lawsuits, Cohen claimed the "false and defamatory" allegations that resulted in "harm to his personal and professional reputation, current business interests, and the impairment of business opportunities".

"We want to the courts to bring to a head because nobody else was going to bring this to a head", said David.

A spokesperson for Feinstein didn't immediately respond to a request for comment.

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.

BuzzFeed published the 35-page report with an accompanying article in January previous year, and the state-level suit names the news outlet, its editor-in-chief Ben Smith, reporter Ken Bensinger and editors Miriam Elder and Mark Schoofs as defendants. Without it, many Americans would not have had the context necessary to fully understand the Russian Federation investigations, he wrote. "Consistent with the intended objective of "oppo research" to publicly discredit its target, Steele's briefings were created to generate interest in the Dossier and secure its eventual public dissemination".

Shortly after BuzzFeed published the dossier, Cohen denied that he has ever visited Prague or the Czech Republic. A Russian tech executive named in the report also sued Smith and the media company previous year for defamation. It's not publicly known who gave Buzzfeed the document.

Mr. Gubarev is mentioned at the end of the dossier, which claims that he and his company were involved in hacking operations against the leadership of the Democratic Party.

Michael Cohen is suing BuzzFeed over its January 10, 2017 article headlined, "These Reports Allege Trump Has Deep Ties to Russian Federation". It was Tuesday, not Thursday.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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