BuzzFeed published the now infamous Trump Dossier over a year ago. Over that year, the right attacked the Dossier ferociously. Just last week, Republicans on the Senate Judiciary committee unilaterally referred the dossier’s author for criminal charges, former MI-6 agent Christopher Steele.
Senator Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) who chairs the Senate Judiciary Committee refused the request to make public the transcript of a 10-hour interview with the Fusion GPS’s Glenn Simpson. Fusion GPS is the company behind the Dossier. Simpson himself requested the release of the transcripts in the wake of Republican lies surrounding the interview.
In an unprecedented move, Senator Diane Feinstein (D-Calif.), the ranking Democrat on the Judiciary Committee, released the transcript herself, despite the Chairman’s refusal. President Trump’s personal lawyer Michael Cohen sued both BuzzFeed and Fusion GPS for defamation in the wake of that bombshell.
Cohen, named in the Dossier, claims that the allegations against him are false. Cohen said in the suit that:
“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.”
He went on to argue that Fusion GPS:
“…Recklessly placed it beyond their control and allowed it to fall into the hands of media devoted to breaking news on the hottest subject of the day: the Trump candidacy.”
In the lawsuit, Cohen says he will seek maximum damages from both companies involved. To make his case, Cohen must prove that the allegations against him are false. This makes him the closest person to the President to actually take on the integrity of the dossier in court.
Cohen commented on the lawsuit Tuesday night saying:
“Let me be totally clear that the allegations raised against me in the public square and raised largely by BuzzFeed, Fusion GPS and others in the press are based upon misinformation, unnamed or unverifiable sources. Their actions are so malicious, despicable and reckless, one can only presume that their motives were intentional.”
BuzzFeed News is not intimidated by the lawsuit. A spokesman for BuzzFeed, Matt Mittenthal said:
“The dossier is, and continues to be, the subject of active investigations by Congress and intelligence agencies. It was presented to two successive presidents and has been described in detail by news outlets around the world. Its interest to the public is obvious.”
“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.”
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