Published: Sat, January 13, 2018
People | By Leon Thompson

Trump Lawyer: I'm Suing 'BuzzFeed' Over Dossier Claims

Trump Lawyer: I'm Suing 'BuzzFeed' Over Dossier Claims

Almost a year after BuzzFeed published an explosive, though unsubstantiated, dossier detailing the compromising and blackmail-worthy material Russian spies had allegedly gathered about President Donald Trump, the commander-in-chief's personal lawyer has filed a lawsuit against the research firm behind the dossier and the publication that first released it.

To mark the anniversary of BuzzFeed's controversial decision to publish the dossier in full, Ben Smith, the site's editor-in-chief, penned a New York Times op-ed titled, "I'm Proud We Published the Trump-Russia Dossier".

The Fox News host also argued that BuzzFeed would not have published the document had it been about a Democrat, like former President Barack ObamaBarack Hussein ObamaPatagonia files suit against Trump cuts to Utah monuments Former Dem to launch Senate bid: report Eighth Franken accuser comes forward as Dems call for resignation MORE.

"Let me be totally clear that the allegations raised against me in the public square and raised largely by BuzzFeed, Fusion GPS and others in the press are based upon misinformation, unnamed or unverifiable sources", Mr Cohen told CNN.

The owners of Fusion GPS, the research firm behind the dossier, that slammed the Republican reaction to their congressional testimony. Buzzfeed's article also highlighted what it said were several outright errors in the document.

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The dossier includes a number of salacious claims about the Trump campaign's ties to Russian officials, including allegations about Mr Cohen that have not been verified.

Special prosecutor Robert Mueller has for months led a team of prosecutors and agents investigating whether Russian Federation and Trump's Republican campaign coordinated to sway the 2016 election.

Despite over a year of multiple investigations in Congress, as well as by the intelligence agencies, no evidence of collusion has been found between Trump or his campaign with the Russians to influence the election.

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Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-Fla.) said Wednesday that new revelations about the infamous Trump dossier raise more questions about anti-Trump bias in the Justice Department and Federal Bureau of Investigation.

"The innuendo and misinformation circulating about the transcript are part of a deeply troubling effort to undermine the investigation into potential collusion and obstruction of justice", Feinstein said in a statement.

Cohen sued Buzzfeed Inc for defamation over allegations about him in a dossier the news organisation published that was commissioned in 2016 by the president's political opponents.

Fusion GPS hired the former spy, Christopher Steele, to investigate Trump's business dealings with Russian Federation.

"Although no amount of money can ever remedy the damage that has been sustained by Mr. Cohen, we will be seeking maximum damages for the lies contained in the so-called dossier", the plaintiff's attorney, David Schwartz, stated.

Representatives for Fusion GPS did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

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".

A synopsis of the dossier was reportedly presented to Trump at the time, as well as to outgoing USA president Barack Obama.

Cohen has since denied the allegations of conspiracy: "I can tell you for certainty that neither I nor the president were involved, at any point in time, with this Russian conspiracy", Cohen said to Vanity Fair in a previous interview.

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