Trump's Personal Lawyer Files Lawsuits Over Russia Dossier
Jan 13 2018 by Desiree Burns
The largely unverified memos were written by a former MI6 agent and included salacious allegations that Mr Trump consorted with prostitutes during a trip to Moscow in 2013. BuzzFeed said it was nevertheless publishing the document "so that Americans can make up their own minds" about the allegations against Trump.
BuzzFeed published the 35-page report with an accompanying article in January of a year ago, and the state-level suit names the news outlet, its editor-in-chief Ben Smith, reporter Ken Bensinger and editors Miriam Elder and Mark Schoofs as defendants. As a long-time confidant of Mr Trump, it seems certain his legal action has the backing of the president.
"Enough is enough of the #fake #RussianDossier", Cohenwrote on Twitter. Trump has derided the dossier as a politically motivated hit job.
On Tuesday, Michael Cohen announced he was suing Fusion GPS in federal court for defamation.
The move fuels an already bitter row over the dossier, which critics say amounts to "fake news". Buzzfeed published the dossier in its entirety almost a year ago, which it said it obtained from a source it didn't identify.
Cohen's action on Tuesday came on the same day that Smith wrote an op-ed for The New York Times, titled, "I'm Proud We Published the Trump-Russia Dossier".
Since we published, the public has learned a great deal more about how seriously the F.B.I. took the dossier.
Several GOP-led committees are now investigating whether the dossier formed the basis for the FBI's initial investigations. Most other US news organizations declined to publish the document because many of its claims - some of them salacious - haven't been substantiated.
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It was compiled by Christopher Steele, who had been head of the Russian Federation desk at Britain's Secret Intelligence Service, better known as MI6.
Fusion GPS was originally hired to do research during the 2016 Republican primary campaign for a still unknown Republican donor who wanted to defeat Trump. "Aim, endorsed by Putin, has been to encourage splits in division in western alliance".
Much of the dossier's content, once entirely dismissed by detractors, have been corroborated: former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort's hidden payments from Ukranian interests, Trump's failed business interests in Russia and, of course, the now-infamous 2016 Trump Tower meeting between the president's son, son-in-law, campaign chairman and a ragtag crew of Russians and their allies.
"This categorically proves that they acted in reckless disregard for the truth since they did nothing to further verify if this information about Cohen was reliable and trustworthy".
In August he appeared before a congressional committee to deny its allegations point by point.
Meanwhile, Claypool said that Cohen can "prevail" in at least one his cases, considering BuzzFeed knew the dossier contained unverified information when it made a decision to publish the document.
"It will be proven that I had no involvement in this Russian collusion conspiracy", Cohen said in an interview Tuesday. "My name was included only because of my proximity to the president".