Published: Thu, April 19, 2018
People | By Leon Thompson

Trump lawyer Michael Cohen withdraws libel lawsuits over Russian Federation dossier

Trump lawyer Michael Cohen withdraws libel lawsuits over Russian Federation dossier

Faced with a federal investigation, President Donald Trump's personal lawyer Michael Cohen has chose to pick his battles and is dropping two lawsuits he filed over the Trump-Russia dossier.

BuzzFeed published the dossier in January 2017 and noted at the time that the allegations in the document had not bee substantiated. Cohen has repeatedly denied the allegation, including in a text message Thursday morning.

Cohen withdrew the suits on Wednesday amid a separate legal battle over documents and files the Federal Bureau of Investigation seized from him last week in a raid of his office, apartment, and hotel room.

BuzzFeed said in a statement that the withdrawal of the lawsuits suggests that "Donald Trump's personal lawyer no longer thinks an attack on the free press is worth his time".

"The decision to voluntarily discontinue these cases was a hard one", Cohen's attorney David Schwartz said.

BuzzFeed also faces a lawsuit from owners of a Russian bank over the dossier. He provided a copy of his passport to BuzzFeed to show he did not enter the country, but McClatchy reported he could have entered the country when he was traveling to Europe and entered through a country that did not require a passport.

According to Cohen's initial complaint, Fusion GPS, co-founded by former Wall Street Journal reporter Glenn Simpson, "recklessly placed [the dossier] 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 decision takes place before the backdrop of a major report from McClatchy.

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"You'll have to ask Michael Cohen", Trump said.

The report has not been corroborated by any other news outlets, and the reporters responsible for the story have published several articles about the Russian Federation investigation that have either fizzled out or not been corroborated.

The notice to discontinue the case was filed by Cohen's attorney Wednesday in the Supreme Court of the State of New York-New York County.

"The decision to voluntarily discontinue these cases was a hard one", Cohen's attorney David Schwartz said.

"The lawsuits against BuzzFeed over the Steele dossier have never been about the merits of our decision to publish it", Matt Mittenthal, the director of communications for the website, told The Daily Caller News Foundation.

A spokesman for BuzzFeed touted Cohen's decision to drop the lawsuit. "If there's one thing Democrats and Republicans agree on today, it's that the dossier was an important part of the government's investigation into potential collusion between the Trump Campaign and Russian Federation", the outlet said. "We strongly believed that publishing the disputed document whose existence we and others were reporting was in the public interest".

Cohen did not respond to TheDCNF's request for comment.

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