Trump Lawyer Cohen Sues Buzzfeed Over Claims in Russia Dossier

Brunilde Fioravanti
Gennaio 13, 2018

President Donald Trump on Wednesday called for "sneaky" Sen.

His company had hired ex-MI6 agent Christopher Steele to look into any leverage the Kremlin may have over Trump, then only a candidate.

In a statement responding to the lawsuit, a Buzzfeed spokeswoman said that the outlet will defend its First Amendment rights.

We strongly believed that publishing the disputed document whose existence we and others were reporting was in the public interest.

- Michael Cohen, a personal lawyer for President Trump who is named in the dossier, says BuzzFeed and several of its staffers defamed him when it published the 35-page document and an accompanying article last January.

Of the three congressional panels investigating the president and Russian Federation, only the Senate Intelligence Committee appears to have maintained bipartisan calm.

The United States intelligence community believes that the Russian government was engaged in electoral interference during the 2016 USA presidential election.

"What we saw with Watergate was the model of a committee where the ranking Republican set the tone by saying the key here is what did the president know and when did he know it? - and followed through with an investigation with integrity", he said.

Simpson said he and Steele also began referring press questions to the FBI over whether Trump was under investigation, too. Simpson said officials found at least some of the info to be credible.

Trump frequently rails against the Russian Federation investigation, of which he's a subject of scrutiny.

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 United States election, hacking the Democratic Party, or about creating fake news stories to assist the Trump campaign or to damage the Clinton campaign. Bob Corker, R-Tenn., acknowledged he had received a copy but said "no further full committee activity is planned at this time".

Wisenberg said Trump's best option would be to ask for an informal interview with the president's attorney present.

McCain then passed the controversial document to James Comey, then director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation which followed by using the dossier in the probe of alleged Russian meddling in the 2016 election.

Think about the size of the claim here: the Clinton campaign, which was convinced it was going to beat Trump in a landslide, funded an espionage-laden high-wire act with a firm whose clients included some unsavory Russians themselves, in which a highly experienced British spook got suckered by the Democrats into weaponizing some Russian disinformation.

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

President Trump's longtime attorney is suing the research firm that compiled the infamous Russian Federation dossier on President Trump and the news website BuzzFeed, which published it.

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