A personal lawyer for President Donald Trump filed a defamation action against the website Buzzfeed on Tuesday for publishing a 35-page dossier alleging that Donald Trump's presidential campaign colluded with Russian Federation.
"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", reads the lawsuit filed in NY state court.
"It will be proven that I had no involvement in this Russian collusion conspiracy".
At the time, President Obama's National Security Adviser Susan Rice and his ambassador to the UN, Samantha Power, made dozens of "unmasking" requests for the identities of members of Trump's team-asking to be provided with transcripts of conversations they took part in with their names not redacted, as would normally be done.
Even a year later, much of the nation's political conversation has been driven by the contents of the dossier - despite the fact that the vast majority of its 35 pages of claims have been verified, particularly any that directly implicates the Trump campaign in any sort of collusion with the Russian government. "As we told the Senate Judiciary Committee in August, our sources said the dossier was taken so seriously because it corroborated reports the bureau had received from other sources, including one inside the Trump camp".
Several months later, in May 2017, former FBI Director Robert Mueller was tapped to lead a special counsel investigation into Russia's attempted meddling in the election.
In response, the organization says the suit is an attack on the free press, and they will continue to defend their First Amendment rights.
It comes amid reports that Glenn Simpson, who leads Fusion GPS, testified in August that the Federal Bureau of Investigation received intelligence from a "voluntary source" in Mr Trump's circle in 2016.
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.
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Carlson, however, argued that BuzzFeed published the document too early, before certain information that would have helped put the dossier in context came to light.
"Although no amount of money can ever remedy the damage that has been sustained by Mr. Cohen, we will be seeking maximum damages for the lies contained in the so-called dossier", David Schwartz, the lawyer representing Cohen, said in a statement.
Donald Trump has dismissed the Russian Federation dossier as a politically-motivated smear.
BuzzFeed defended its decision to publish the unredacted dossier a year ago in a statement to ABC.
In reality, Cohen has never been to Prague, and the "Michael Cohen" named in the Trump dossier is someone else with the same name. Although investigators and journalists have developed extensive evidence linking some of Trump's associates to operatives for the Russian government, no evidence of a direct connection between Trump himself and the Kremlin has emerged.
"He is not what we would call an 'all-purpose public figure, '" said Derigan Silver, co-author of the textbook "Mass Media Law".
Fusion GPS has so far not offered any public comment about Cohen's suit.