Cohen files lawsuits against BuzzFeed, Fusion GPS

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"A year of government inquiries and blockbuster journalism has made clear that the dossier is unquestionably real news", Smith wrote.

In both suits, Cohen claims that the infamous dossier of salacious but unconfirmed allegations of collusion between members of the Trump campaign and Russian agents compiled by Fusion GPS and later published by BuzzFeed contained "false and defamatory" allegations that resulted in "harm to his personal and professional reputation, current business interests, and the impairment of business opportunities".

The owners of Fusion GPS, the research firm behind the dossier, that slammed the Republican reaction to their congressional testimony.

Cohen's complaint against Buzzfeed names Editor in Chief Ben Smith, reporter Ken Bensinger and editors Miriam Elder and Mark Schoofs, who were the bylines on the article Buzzfeed published accompanying the dossier.

Mr Cohen, who is named in the dossier, says BuzzFeed and several of its staffers defamed him by publishing the 35-page document. 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.

"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". "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. Its interest to the public is obvious.

One year after BuzzFeed published former MI6 operative Christopher Steele's private intelligence dossier alleging Donald Trump's ties to Russian Federation (sometimes known in certain circles as the "pee dossier"), the website's editor in chief Ben Smith is defending the decision.

The New York state claim alleges that while the Buzzfeed story [text] explicitly stated that the report was unverified, they nevertheless neglected to "determine the veracity of these reports with Plaintiff himself".

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Earlier, Republican Senator Chuck Grassley had taken the equally unusual step of seeking a criminal investigation of Steele, alleging he had lied to the FBI over his contacts with the news media about the dossier.

The connection was revealed when a U.S. senator leaked a transcript of an interview with the co-founder of the company which produced the report.

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.

Cohen has denied the dossier's claim that he met with Russian operatives in Europe, and provided his passport to BuzzFeed in May 2017 in an attempt to dispel the accusations.

However, Buzzfeed remains strong in battling with Cohen in court in regards to the Russian dossier.

During a news conference on Wednesday, President Trump said that it "seems unlikely" that he'd give an interview to Robert Mueller, the special counsel investigating the possible coordination between Trump's campaign and the Russian government (BBC).

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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