Published: Sat, January 13, 2018
Entertaiment | By Mabel Barber

Trump lawyer Michael Cohen suing BuzzFeed for publishing Russian Federation dossier

Trump lawyer Michael Cohen suing BuzzFeed for publishing Russian Federation dossier

President Trump's lawyer Michael Cohen is suing BuzzFeed for publishing the infamous Russian Federation dossier past year.

The New York attorney filed the suit Tuesday, a day shy of a year since BuzzFeed shared the explosive claims that Russian Federation was cultivating Trump as a political asset with the help of compromising information.

"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. "My name was included only because of my proximity to the president".

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.

According to ABC News, both of Cohen's lawsuits claim that the dossier published by BuzzFeed contained "false and defamatory allegations" that resulted in "harm to his personal and professional reputation, current business interests, and the impairment of business opportunities".

It was the summer of 2016, and Fusion GPS co-founder Glenn Simpson was speaking with Christopher Steele, the former British spy he enlisted to cobble together dirt on then-presidential candidate Donald Trump's ties to Russian Federation.

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He also hit back at the many mainstream journalists and media figures who attacked BuzzFeed for choosing to publish the claims, saying, "we never bought the notion, made by the traditionalists, that a main threat to journalism is that journalists might be too transparent with their audience".

Fusion GPS was hired in mid-2016 by a lawyer for Hillary Clinton's presidential campaign and the Democratic National Committee to dig into Trump's background.

"A year of government inquiries and blockbuster journalism has made clear that the dossier is unquestionably real news", Smith wrote, arguing that putting forth the unverified document in full gave Americans a far better understanding of the Russian Federation probe and the actions of elected officials.

The same day as the lawsuit's filing, BuzzFeed's editor-in-chief Ben Smith defended the dossier's release as "unquestionably real news" in a New York Times editorial. He says publishing the dossier past year was in the "public interest".

Cohen told Bloomberg that he was mentioned in the document 15 times.

McCain then passed the controversial document to James Comey, then director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation which followed by using the dossier in the probe of alleged Russian meddling in the 2016 election. "And Mr. Trump and his allies have seized on the dossier in their efforts to discredit the special counsel leading the investigation, Robert Mueller".

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