Trump's Lawyer Sues BuzzFeed, Fusion GPS for Defamation Over 'Fake' Russia Dossier

Yolanda Curtis
January 13, 2018

DONALD Trump's personal lawyer has filed a defamation lawsuit against BuzzFeed for publishing an unverified dossier of allegations about the president's White House campaign and Russian Federation.

BuzzFeed spokeswoman Katie Rayford defended the site's decision to publish the dossier as newsworthy, and a catalyst for government inquiries. It contains salacious yet unverified information about the campaign's alleged effort to collude with Russian Federation, including allegations that Mr. Cohen was directly involved in coordinating with the Kremlin. Most other US news organizations declined to publish the document because many of its claims - some of them salacious - haven't been substantiated.

Cohen also filed a lawsuit in federal court in Manhattan on Tuesday against Fusion GPS, saying the political opposition reports it prepared included "immensely damaging and defamatory statements".

"According to Source D, where s/he had been present, TRUMP's (perverted) conduct in Moscow included hiring the presidential suite of the Ritz Carlton Hotel, where he knew President and Mrs OBAMA (whom he hated) had stayed on one of their official trips to Russian Federation, and defiling the bed where they had slept by employing a number of prostitutes to perform a "golden showers" (urination) show in front of him".

Cohen is seeking unspecified compensation and punitive damages in the suit, which lists reporter Ken Bensinger, BuzzFeed editor-in-chief Ben Smith, and the editors who worked on the story, Miriam Elder and Mark Schoofs, as defendants.

With the filings, Cohen becomes the closest person to the President to take on the dossier's explosive claims in court.

The dossier contains unverified information compiled by former British intelligence officer Christopher Steele on behalf of the investigative firm. "It was presented to two successive Presidents, and has been described in detail by news outlets around the world", Rayford wrote. Its interest to the public is obvious.

Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) released transcripts from a Senate hearing with Fusion GPS co-founder Glenn Simpson on Tuesday. The suit did not immediately appear in the electronic court docket. Simpson's lawyer Josh Levy jumped in: "He's going to decline to answer that question".

One year ago, CNN reported that President Obama and President-elect Donald Trump had been briefed on allegations that the Russians have compromising information on the latter.

The House Intelligence Committee, chaired by Devin Nunes, is now working to determine the role that the dossier played during the 2016 elections, including whether it was used to obtain the FISA warrant. John McCain, R-Ariz., who gave it to then-FBI Director James Comey.

Cohen said he told the panels that he never engaged with, was paid by, or communicated with anyone representing the Russian government, or anyone else, about hacking or interfering with the U.S. election, hacking the Democratic Party, or about creating fake news stories to assist the Trump campaign or to damage the Clinton campaign.

Simpson said he and Steele also began referring press questions to the FBI over whether Trump was under investigation, too. "And I said yes, I've known David Kramer for a long time".

The adviser pleaded guilty previous year to lying to investigators about his contacts with Russia-linked figures, and is believed to be cooperating in the probe of special counsel Robert Mueller.

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