Published: Sat, January 13, 2018
Business | By Tara Barton

Trump Lawyer Sues BuzzFeed For Publishing The Infamous Russia Dossier

Trump Lawyer Sues BuzzFeed For Publishing The Infamous Russia Dossier

Almost one year to the day after the Russian Federation dossier's publication, President Donald Trump's personal lawyer hit both the research firm that produced it and the news organization that released it with lawsuits, saying its allegations about him are wrong.

Compiled by ex-British intelligence officer Christopher Steele, the dossier contains opposition research on Trump that the private intelligence firm Fusion GPS sought to provide other Republicans before Trump clinched the party's nomination.

The dossier, a 35-page document containing, among other things, unsubstantiated allegations linking the Trump campaign to Russian Federation, was first published by BuzzFeed a year ago.

The New York Times reported December 30 that the investigation began after a Trump campaign adviser, George Papadopoulos, revealed to an Australian diplomat in London that Russian Federation had political dirt on Clinton.

BuzzFeed published the dossier in January 2017, noting that the allegations were unverified and the report contained errors. "This is not the first time Trump's personal lawyer has attacked the free press, and we look forward to defending our First Amendment rights in court".

Cohen depicts himself in the Fusion lawsuit as "collateral damage" in a campaign against Trump.

BuzzFeed's editor-in-chief has said he was "proud" for publishing the dossier.

The suit against Fusion GPS and its co-founder Glenn Simpson was filed in federal court in the Southern District of New York, Cohen said.

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While allegations spelled out in the dossier have not been verified, they have also yet to be invalidated, Berenzweig pointed out, which could complicate the legal process for Cohen. "If Cohen ends up litigating the truthfulness of information in the dossier, it could be embarrassing for him and for the president, since he opens a can of worms that defense lawyers can pick at to make Cohen's past and his involvement with the president very uncomfortable", he said.

Steele and Fusion GPS arranged for the material to pass into the hands of Sen. Simpson told congressional leaders that the FBI found the dossier credible because an undisclosed "human source" associated with Trump had offered the bureau corroborating information.

The move fuels an already bitter row over the dossier, which critics say amounts to "fake news".

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. Its interest to the public is obvious.

Cohen said he told the panels that he never engaged with, was paid by, or communicated with anyone representing the Russian government, or anyone else, about hacking or interfering with the USA election, hacking the Democratic Party, or about creating fake news stories to assist the Trump campaign or to damage the Hillary Clinton campaign.

Cohen alleges he "sustained significant financial and reputational damages" due to the publication of the dossier on BuzzFeed's website, according to court documents in the BuzzFeed lawsuit. "Why waste time talking about something that's not legitimate", he said.

Smith also noted how "seriously" the FBI took the dossier, reportedly using it to justify spying on Trump campaign member Carter Page, reimbursing Steele for expenses, and using it as a "road map" for its investigation.

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