Donald Trump's lawyer files lawsuit against BuzzFeed for publishing Russian Federation dossier

Donald Trump's lawyer files lawsuit against BuzzFeed for publishing Russian Federation dossier

BuzzFeed said it was nevertheless publishing the document "so that Americans can make up their own minds" about the allegations against Trump.

Aside from the Fusion GPS and its founder, the state-level lawsuit has filed Buzzfeed editor in chief Ben Smith, reporter Ken Bensinger, and editors Miriam Elder and Mark Schoofs as the defendants.

The dossier includes a number of salacious claims about the Trump campaign's ties to Russian officials, including allegations about Mr Cohen that have not been verified.

The dossier contains unverified claims that Cohen and Trump had suspicious connections with Russian figures. These allegations have affected Cohen's career.

BuzzFeed responded with a Twitter post saying the dossier continues to be the subject of investigations by Congress and intelligence agencies, was shown to two USA presidents and described in detail by news outlets worldwide.

The statement added Cohen will seek "maximum damages" against the defendants.

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"Enough is enough of the #fake #RussianDossier", Mr Cohen tweeted on Tuesday.

The lawsuit says that BuzzFeed published the unverified allegations "without attempting to determine the veracity of these reports with plaintiff himself". "Their actions are so malicious, despicable and reckless, one can only presume that their motives were intentional". 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 lawyer has attacked the free press, and we look forward to defending our First Amendment rights in court", BuzzFeed said. BuzzFeed published the dossier in full past year. The publisher went ahead and released it four days early. This is why The New York Times posts leaked audio recordings, and why news organizations routinely publish raw court documents underlying their articles.

"Without the dossier, Americans would have found it hard to understand the actions of their elected representatives and government officials", Smith wrote.

It comes amid that the Federal Bureau of Investigation received intelligence from a "voluntary source" in Mr Trump's circle in 2016. "Media outlets don't have a hall pass to disseminate and publish sexy stories to garner publicity at the expense of trashing the reparation of Trump campers", he said. I haven't had a single person approach me to say, "I wish I hadn't read the dossier, and wish I had less insight into the forces at play in America".

Cohen's lawsuit isn't the only defamation case BuzzFeed faces. He provided the complaint and a confirmation email from the court system that he had filed the suit to Bloomberg News, but it could not immediately be independently confirmed that the suit had been filed.

In his ruling, Judge Richard Leon wrote about Fusion's Russian Federation work - including compiling the dossier while it was working to undermine the Magnitsky Act, a sanctions law Moscow vehemently opposes.


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