Trump's Personal Lawyer Is Suing BuzzFeed Over That Explosive Russia Dossier

James Marshall
January 13, 2018

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.

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.

Both lawsuits argue that the dossier had "false and defamatory" information that harmed the president personally and professionally.

Ultimately, the liberal website BuzzFeed published the dossier online last January, airing its unverified allegations about the president.

"Enough is enough of the #fake #RussianDossier", Mr Cohen tweeted on Tuesday. "This is not the first time Trump's lawyer has attacked the free press, and we look forward to defending our First Amendment rights in court", BuzzFeed said. The suit says Fusion GPS "started peddling the dossier to media and journalists" in September 2016 as part of the intended objective of opposition research on then-candidate Trump. "Just filed a defamation action against @BuzzFeedNews for publishing the lie filled document on @POTUS @realDonaldTrump and me", he wrote on Twitter. After he won the election, Fusion GPS allowed the dossier to fall into BuzzFeed's hands, the suit says.

Cohen depicts himself in the Fusion lawsuit as "collateral damage" in a campaign against Trump. Most other U.S. news organizations declined to publish the document because many of its claims - some of them salacious - haven't been substantiated. "As we told the Senate Judiciary Committee in August, our sources said the dossier was taken so seriously because it corroborated reports the bureau had received from other sources, including one inside the Trump camp".

Donald Trump has dismissed the Russia dossier as a politically-motivated smear. Chris Kleponis  Bloomberg
Donald Trump has dismissed the Russia dossier as a politically-motivated smear. Chris Kleponis Bloomberg

Dianne Feinstein, the ranking Democrat on the Senate committee, released the testimony on Tuesday without Republican approval, in an apparent bid to neutralise Republican criticism of the Russian Federation investigation. Comey then briefed former President Barack Obama and President-elect Donald Trump on the dossier, further giving it weight, in the eyes of news outlets. "Its interest to the public is obvious", Buzzfeed spokesman Matt Mittenthal said in a statement.

The dossier claims that Cohen met with Russian operatives somewhere in Europe, including Prague, to attend a meeting to "clean up the mess" created by public disclosures of other Trump associates' reported ties to Russia.

According to the Washington Post, the DNC and Hillary Clinton's campaign paid Fusion GPS for the Trump dossier that the Democrats used to promote the narrative that the Trump campaign had colluded with Russian Federation. In May 2017, Cohen provided a copy of his passport to BuzzFeed that showed it had been stamped for entry and exit to the United Kingdom and Italy.

Mr. Cohen is not the first to sue BuzzFeed over the dossier. Cohen testified to the House Intelligence Committee behind closed doors on October 24 and publicly to the Senate Intelligence Committee on October 25.

Several months later, in May 2017, former FBI Director Robert Mueller was tapped to lead a special counsel investigation into Russia's attempted meddling in the election. "Nobody here talks about her", the White House counselor told CNN's Chris Cuomo on "Cuomo Prime Time".

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.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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