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Trump's lawyer sues Buzzfeed and Fusion GPS over Russian Federation dossier

Trump's lawyer sues Buzzfeed and Fusion GPS over Russian Federation dossier”

To mark the anniversary of BuzzFeed's controversial decision to publish the dossier in full, Ben Smith, the site's editor-in-chief, penned a New York Times op-ed titled, "I'm Proud We Published the Trump-Russia Dossier".

The filings came a day before the statute of limitations for a libel claim would have expired.

"Trump has derided the findings, as recently as December 26 when he wrote on Twitter: "'Dossier is bogus. The firm and its boss, Glenn Simpson, were hired by a conservative donor to do opposition research about then-candidate Donald Trump; later, the Hillary Clinton campaign took over paying for the research work.

According to the suits, false allegations include claims that: Cohen had an inappropriate relationship with the Russian government stemming from his wife's family; Cohen secretly met with Russian officials to contain former campaign manager Paul Manafort's connection to Russia and Ukraine; and Cohen developed contingency plans to hide cash payments to Russian hackers.

In January 2017, anti-Trump Senator John McCain turned the dossier over to the Federal Bureau of Investigation despite the fact that it contained no evidence of collusion, but merely unverified smears against President Trump.

One year after BuzzFeed published former MI6 operative Christopher Steele's private intelligence dossier alleging Donald Trump's ties to Russian Federation (sometimes known in certain circles as the "pee dossier"), the website's editor in chief Ben Smith is defending the decision. This marks a change from his statement previous year when he said he would be willing to talk to Mueller under oath.

The move infuriated Democrats.

Several months later, in May 2017, former FBI Director Robert Mueller was tapped to lead a special counsel investigation into Russia's attempted meddling in the election.

However, as many have pointed out, it does not matter who funded the dossier, considering some of it claims have already been independently substantiated.

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Meanwhile, according to Cohen, the allegations about his ties to Russian Federation are not only false, but also hurt his career, which is ironic, given that he works for the president of the United States. And he previously published images of his passport to show that he could not have been in the Czech Republic at the time the dossier alleges he was meeting a Russian official in Prague.

The attorney announced the lawsuit on Twitter, saying, "enough is enough of the #fake #RussianDossier".

Cohen's lawsuit isn't the only defamation case BuzzFeed faces.

The lawsuits were not immediately available on online court resources.

When it published the dossier, Buzzfeed noted it contained allegations that were unverified and had some "clear errors".

House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes (R-CA)(C) stands with Rep. Peter King (R-NY), (L) and Rep. Don DeSantis (R-FL) as he announces that his committee and the House oversight committee are starting the investigation into Russian Federation and Obama Administration uranium deal. The dossier was commissioned by Fusion GPS and paid for by Hillary Clinton's campaign.

"Journalistic traditionalists didn't like the idea of sharing an unfiltered, unverified document with the public, whatever the caveats and context", he wrote, adding that NBC News's Chuck Todd had called it "fake news" at the time.

Gubarev is mentioned at the end of the dossier, which claims that he and his company were involved in hacking operations against the leadership of the Democratic Party.

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