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Trump lawyer Michael Cohen sues BuzzFeed for publishing Russia dossier

Trump lawyer Michael Cohen sues BuzzFeed for publishing Russia dossier

The dossier, which alleged collusion between Trump staff including Cohen and Russian agents, was compiled by former British spy Christopher Steele.

The lawyer Michael Cohen, filed the lawsuit in NY state on Tuesday, almost a year after BuzzFeed published the dossier commissioned by political opposition research firm Fusion GPS.

He then says that the allegations in the dossier and article have hurt him professionally.

The dossier includes a number of salacious claims about the Trump campaign's ties to Russian officials, including allegations about Mr Cohen that have not been verified.

Mr. Steele also reported, in pages submitted just 11 days after a Russian lawyer handed Mr. Trump's aides what had been promised to be negative information on Hillary Clinton in Trump Tower, that "the Kremlin had been feeding Trump and his team valuable intelligence on his opponents, including Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton".

"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.

In an interview with The Daily Caller on Monday, prior to filing the lawsuits, Cohen reflected on the dossier upon its one-year anniversary. "We believe in our courts and our system of justice and that when all the facts are in, justice will prevail and Mr. Cohen will be awarded damages against the defendants".

The lawsuit says that BuzzFeed published the unverified allegations "without attempting to determine the veracity of these reports with plaintiff himself".




"The dossier is, and continues to be, the subject of active investigations by Congress and intelligence agencies".

He is mentioned 15 times in the dossier, which alleges ties between Russian Federation and President Trump's campaign. It was presented to two successive presidents, and has been described in detail by news outlets around the world.

"One large portion of the dossier is crystal-clear, certain, consistent and corroborated", a C.I.A. veteran, John Sipher, wrote recently. "Its interest to the public is obvious", Buzzfeed spokesman Matt Mittenthal said in a statement.

It comes amid that the Federal Bureau of Investigation received intelligence from a "voluntary source" in Mr Trump's circle in 2016.

He said that seems much more likely than the report that a former Trump campaign adviser's drunken boasts - not the dossier - led to the investigation.

The dossier is a compilation of memos written by Steele during the 2016 campaign that contained allegations of connections between Trump and Russian Federation, including that Trump had been compromised by the Kremlin.

A Russian tech executive named in the report also sued the media company and Smith past year for defamation. The suit did not immediately appear in the electronic court docket.

Several important questions, however, remain unanswered, and Simpson, Fusion GPS and Steele are not fully inoculated against some of the charges they've endured from allies of the White House and other critics.


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