Published: Sat, January 13, 2018
Hi-Tech | By Grace Becker

Trump's Lawyer Sues BuzzFeed, Fusion GPS Over Russia Dossier

Trump's Lawyer Sues BuzzFeed, Fusion GPS Over Russia Dossier

A personal lawyer for US President Donald Trump has sued the news website BuzzFeed over the publication of a salacious dossier alleging collusion between the Trump team and Russian Federation.

Cohen also filed a second lawsuit against political intelligence firm Fusion GPS which compiled the dossier that alleged collusion between members of the Trump campaign for the 2016 elections and Russian agents.

Buzzfeed News broke ranks and published the 35-page dossier days later.

Many Washington-based reporters had been passed the dossier but opted not to publish as they continued trying to check its central claims. He provided the complaint and a confirmation email from the court system that he had filed the suit to Bloomberg News, but it could not immediately be independently confirmed that the suit had been filed. He said his name is mentioned 15 times.

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 United States presidents and described in detail by news outlets worldwide.

Buzzfeed spokesperson Matt Mittenthal issued a statement to multiple news networks: "It was presented to two successive presidents, and has been described in detail by news outlets around the world".

On Tuesday, Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., released testimony that Fusion GPS founder Glenn Simpson gave to the Senate Judiciary Committee.

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"The Supreme Court has made it clear that when it comes to media-related publications on public figures, they are generally immune from defamation lawsuits unless they actually acted with malice". Simpson's lawyer Josh Levy jumped in: "He's going to decline to answer that question".

He also testified to congressional investigators probing Russian interference in the 2016 elections to the House Intelligence Committee behind closed doors on October 24 and publicly to the Senate Intelligence Committee on October 25.

Cohen is accused in the dossier of traveling to Prague in August 2016 as part of a collusion conspiracy between the Trump campaign and Russian government.

Mr Simpson later said he was not sure if the Federal Bureau of Investigation informant was from the Mr Trump's election campaign or the Trump Organisation, the president's real estate firm, which is now run by his two older sons. "Nobody here talks about her", the White House counselor told CNN's Chris Cuomo on "Cuomo Prime Time". His legal team is preparing for a potential interview with the special counsel and is in preliminary discussions with Mueller's office about the parameters of such a discussion, a person familiar with the matter said Tuesday.

Since we published, the public has learned a great deal more about how seriously the F.B.I. took the dossier. "I, like all Americans - Republicans and Democrats alike - want to know to what extent Russian Federation involved themselves in our democratic process, and more importantly what can be done to stop future involvement by foreign governments". Fusion GPS then hired Mr Steele to investigate Mr Trump's connections with Russian Federation.

Fusion GPS was hired to conduct research into Mr. Trump during the 2016 presidential race. Clinton's campaign and the Democratic National Committee later commissioned Fusion and the work that led to the dossier, according to The Washington Post.

Its existence - well known in journalistic circles before it was published a year ago - added credence to allegations that the Trump campaign was working with the Kremlin to secure victory in the 2016 election.

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