Cohen files lawsuits against BuzzFeed, Fusion GPS

Cohen files lawsuits against BuzzFeed, Fusion GPS

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.

Michael Cohen, personal attorney to President Trump filed a pair of lawsuits late Tuesday against both Fusion GPS and BuzzFeed.

Michael Cohen, President Trump's personal lawyer, is suing BuzzFeed for publishing the Russian Federation dossier in 2016 without corroborating the claims.

Bloomberg said Cohen provided the complaint and a confirmation email from the court system that he had filed the suit, but it could not immediately be independently confirmed that the suit had been filed.

Dianne Feinstein, the ranking Democrat on the Senate committee, released the testimony on Tuesday without Republican approval, in an apparent bid to neutralise Republican criticism of the Russian Federation investigation.

The Cohen lawsuit is not the first legal action to be taken against BuzzFeed or Fusion GPS over the dossier. "Its interest to the public is obvious", said BuzzFeed spokeswoman Katie Rayford.

Susan Rice (C) looks on as Former President Barack Obama (L) and US Trade Representative Michael Froman (R) meet with Vietnam's Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc in Hanoi on May 23, 2016.

Cohen is implicated in the dossier as part of the wider Trump-Russia allegations, and was reportedly a central figure in "the ongoing secret liaison relationship between the NY tycoon's campaign and the Russian leadership".

Special prosecutor Robert Mueller has for months led a team of prosecutors and agents investigating whether Russian Federation and Trump's Republican campaign coordinated to sway the 2016 election.

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.

"When they have no collusion and nobody's found any collusion at any level, it seems unlikely that you'd even have an interview", Mr Trump said during a joint news conference with the prime minister of Norway.

Fusion GPS, which is based in Washington, D.C., hired Steele on behalf of its clients, the Clinton campaign and DNC.

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. "President-elect Trump began making public statements expressing his animosity toward Fusion GPS and its work relating to the Trump dossier during the transition".

"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", the plaintiff's attorney, David Schwartz, stated. In addition, Cohen claims he was subjected to at least two separate Congressional investigations, the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence and the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, due to the dossier being published.

In fact, while the digital outlet was referred to as "fake news" and "a flaming pile of garbage" by the president himself for the decision, Smith called the dossier "unquestionably real news" in his New York Times op-ed defending his decision to publish it.

Fusion GPS has so far not offered any public comment about Cohen's suit.

His critics included many journalists who argued that it was irresponsible to publish an unverified document, particularly at a time when the mainstream media was under attack by Mr Trump.



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