Donald Trump's lawyer sues Buzzfeed for publishing Russian dossier

Trump lawyer files lawsuits against BuzzFeed, Fusion GPS over dossier

Both Mr Cohen's lawsuits claim the dossier contained "false and defamatory" allegations about him that resulted in "harm to his personal and professional reputation, current business interests, and the impairment of business opportunities", ABC News reported. After he won the election, Fusion GPS allowed the dossier to fall into BuzzFeed's hands, the suit says.

A separate lawsuit filed at the federal level in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of NY against Fusion GPS seeks $100 million in damages, makes similar allegations regarding the veracity of the document, but states that the firm was reckless in sharing its contents with the media.

It contains salacious yet unverified information about the campaign's alleged effort to collude with Russian Federation, including allegations that was directly involved in coordinating with the Kremlin. Most other U.S. news organizations declined to publish the document because many of its claims - some of them salacious - haven't been substantiated. NBC's Chuck Todd told me on air, "You just published fake news".

President Donald Trump, keeping up his attacks on Hillary Clinton, suggested Thursday that his 2016 election opponent and her fellow Democrats could have paid Russians for dirt on him during the campaign.

The dossier, written by former British intelligence officer Christopher Steele, outlines an alleged effort by high ranking Russian officials to develop a relationship with the Trump campaign.

"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", the federal lawsuit said.

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The dossier portrayed Cohen as a central figure in what it depicted as a possible conspiracy.

BuzzFeed's editor-in-chief has said he was "proud" for publishing the dossier. It was presented to two successive presidents, and has been described in detail by news outlets around the world. "Consistent with the intended goal of "oppo research" to publicly discredit its target, Steele's briefings were created to generate interest in the Dossier and secure its eventual public dissemination".

Cohen's lawsuit comes at the same time as it was revealed one of the major sources behind the dossier has been killed, according to a recently released transcript from an August 2017 Senate Judiciary Committee hearing.

BuzzFeed posted the dossier with a note that its "allegations are unverified, and the report contains errors".

That included a claim that Cohen had traveled to Prague for secret meetings with a Russian official. In May 2017, Cohen provided a copy of his passport to BuzzFeed that showed it had been stamped for entry and exit to the United Kingdom and Italy.

Cohen, however, faces an "uphill battle" in court, Seth Berenzweig, founding and managing partner of law firm Berenzweig Leonard, told FOX Business. 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. McCain then had his associate, David Kramer, travel to London to get briefed on the dossier, and arrange to have a hard copy delivered to then-FBI Director James Comey in December.

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