Donald Trump's Attorney Sues Buzzfeed Over Russian 'Dossier'

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A personal lawyer for US President Donald Trump has filed two lawsuits against BuzzFeed News and Fusion GPS, alleging that both defamed him when they participated in the dissemination and creation, respectively, of the Russian Federation dossier, in which he is named.

The dossier was first published by BuzzFeed previous year, and Cohen also filed a separate lawsuit against BuzzFeed in a NY state court.

Cohen told Bloomberg News he will prove that he "had no involvement in this Russian collusion conspiracy" and the dossier compiled by former British spy Christopher Steele includes Cohen's name "only because of my proximity to the president".

That dossier, which includes unverified allegations and disputed information about President Trump's connections with Russian Federation, was being funded by the Clinton campaign and Democratic National Committee, Simpson told the committee.

He wrote in the lawsuit that BuzzFeed published the unverified allegations "without attempting to determine the veracity of these reports with plaintiff himself".

Donald Trump has said it "seems unlikely" that he would give an interview in special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation into potential coordination between Russian Federation and the Trump campaign.

"This is not the first time Trump's personal lawyer has attacked the free press, and we look forward to defending our First Amendment rights in court", Buzzfeed spokesperson Matt Mittenthal said. 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.

Carlson, however, argued that BuzzFeed published the document too early, before certain information that would have helped put the dossier in context came to light.

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Cohen also said on Twitter late Tuesday that he was suing BuzzFeed.

"The innuendo and misinformation circulating about the transcript are part of a deeply troubling effort to undermine the investigation into potential collusion and obstruction of justice", Feinstein said in a statement. After he won the election, Fusion GPS allowed the dossier to fall into BuzzFeed's hands, the suit says.

Republicans have questioned whether the Steele dossier was the impetus for the FBI's investigation into the Trump campaign, indicating a politically motivated witch hunt.

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.

"My name is mentioned more than a dozen times in the lie-filled-dossier and so within moments of BuzzFeed's publication, false allegations about me were plastered all over the national and worldwide press".

It was later revealed that Perkins Coie, the law firm representing former Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton's presidential campaign and DNC, retained Fusion GPS to do opposition research against the Trump campaign, which is legal and something that all campaigns do to change the public view of their rivals.

He defended BuzzFeed's decision to publish the dossier, despite having not verified the accuracy of its contents.

In his complaint against Fusion and its founder Glenn Simpson, Cohen charged that the company acted recklessly with the unvetted material. "Its interest to the public is obvious", said BuzzFeed spokeswoman Katie Rayford.

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