Trump Private Lawyer Sues Buzzfeed Over Russian Dossier

Michael Cohen filed a defamation lawsuit against Buzz Feed for publishing an unverified dossier of allegations about Donald Trump’s presidential campaign and Russia

The largely unverified memos were written by a former MI6 agent and included salacious allegations that Mr Trump consorted with prostitutes during a trip to Moscow in 2013.

Fusion GPS "recklessly placed it beyond their control and allowed it to fall into the hands of media devoted to breaking news on the hottest subject of the day: the Trump candidacy", the federal lawsuit against the firm said. As a long-time confidant of Mr Trump, it seems certain his legal action has the backing of the president.

"Enough is enough of the #fake #RussianDossier", Cohen wrote on Twitter.

Reuters/Aaron BernsteinTrump's private lawyer filed a defamation lawsuit against Buzzfeed over the Russian dossier.

The White House has repeatedly questioned the veracity of the dossier's claims.

"Even though defendant BuzzFeed expressly acknowledged the unverified (and potentially unverifiable) nature of the dossier's allegations, defendant BuzzFeed published the un-redacted dossier and the article anyway - without attempting to determine the veracity of these reports with plaintiff himself", Cohen wrote in the lawsuit filed Tuesday night in NY state court.

Separately, the source said the committee got access to dossier-related financial records from TD Bank on Friday following a court decision, making any potential appeal by Fusion GPS moot.

One year after BuzzFeed published former MI6 operative Christopher Steele's private intelligence dossier alleging Donald Trump's ties to Russian Federation (sometimes known in certain circles as the "pee dossier"), the website's editor in chief Ben Smith is defending the decision. BuzzFeed, Politico, ABC, the New York Times and the Wall Street Journal (sub. req.) also have stories.


"Journalistic traditionalists didn't like the idea of sharing an unfiltered, unverified document with the public, whatever the caveats and context", he wrote, adding that NBC News's Chuck Todd had called it "fake news" at the time.

Cohen, like many of Trump's aides and allies, has been harshly critical of some national news outlets. The BBC reported that the dossier was a "road map" to the F.B.I. investigation. Most ot08her USA news organizations declined to publish the document because many of its claims - some of them salacious - haven't been substantiated.

It was compiled by Christopher Steele, who had been head of the Russian Federation desk at Britain's Secret Intelligence Service, better known as MI6.

Fusion GPS was originally hired to do research during the 2016 Republican primary campaign for a still unknown Republican donor who wanted to defeat Trump.

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

"It has helped journalists explain to their audience the investigation into Russian influence on the 2016 election", he said.

In August he appeared before a congressional committee to deny its allegations point by point. "I have never been to Prague or the Czech Republic, and I have never engaged with, been paid by, paid for, or communicated with anyone representing the Russian Federation or anyone else to hack anyone or any organization or disseminate false news reports or interfere in any way with this election". "My name was included only because of my proximity to the president".

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