Published: Sat, January 13, 2018
Research | By Jody Lindsey

'Wasting taxpayers' money': Lawyer Veselnitskaya talks Trump's dossier & Fusion GPS

'Wasting taxpayers' money': Lawyer Veselnitskaya talks Trump's dossier & Fusion GPS

Trump's personal lawyer claims Russian Federation dossier...

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".

BuzzFeed responded with a Twitter post saying the dossier continues to be the subject of investigations by Congress and intelligence agencies, was shown to two U.S. presidents and described in detail by news outlets worldwide.

Almost a year since its publication, BuzzFeed's article on what became known as the Russian dossier sparked two complaints Tuesday by President Donald Trump's personal attorney.

The filings were also made against Fusion GPS, the political research firm that compiled the dossier, and Buzzfeed one day before the statute of limitations would have expired. "We look forward to defending the free press and our First Amendment rights in court".

At the time of publication, key members of Congress had acted on contents of the dossier, the FBI was investigating it, and both President Barack Obama and the president-elect had been briefed on it, Smith said. 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.

BuzzFeed responded to Michael Cohen's lawsuit by saying it published the unredacted, tabloid-ish dossier because "its interest to the public is obvious".

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.

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

Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) released transcripts from a Senate hearing with Fusion GPS co-founder Glenn Simpson on Tuesday.

"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", the complaint states. "Consistent with the intended goal of "oppo research" to publicly discredit its target, Steele's briefings were created to generate interest in the Dossier and secure its eventual public dissemination".

Asked about special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation into meddling in the 2016 election, Trump insisted there was "no collusion", invoking Clinton's July 2016 interview with the FBI, calling it "a very serious breach".

Mr Trump has slammed the dossier as "bogus" and denies his campaign colluded with Russian Federation.

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.

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. They said that he lied to federal investigators about his contacts with the news media.

A new report by Senate Democrats, being published later today and previewed here by the New York Times, says Russian interference in the 2016 election fits into a pattern of meddling over almost two decades.

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