Trump's lawyer sues Buzzfeed for defamation over Russian Federation dossier

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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 US election, hacking the Democratic Party, or about creating fake news stories to assist the Trump campaign or to damage the Hillary Clinton campaign.

We didn't discount the arguments against publishing salacious allegations - which reporters do all the time in covering lawsuits, internal investigations or reports like Mr. Steele's.

The move fuels an already bitter row over the dossier, which critics say amounts to "fake news".

Bloomberg said Cohen provided the complaint and a confirmation email from the court system that he had filed the suit, but it could not immediately be independently confirmed that the suit had been filed. It was presented to two successive presidents, and has been described in detail by news outlets around the world.

The lawyer Michael Cohen, filed the lawsuit in NY state on Tuesday, almost a year after BuzzFeed published the dossier commissioned by political opposition research firm Fusion GPS.

"This is an opposition research campaign document that was dressed up as an intelligence document and then potentially used as a basis to spy on Americans", Gaetz said.

Cohen has since denied the allegations of conspiracy: "I can tell you for certainty that neither I nor the president were involved, at any point in time, with this Russian conspiracy", Cohen said to Vanity Fair in a previous interview. Its interest to the public is obvious.

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BuzzFeed spokesman Matt Mittenthal defended the publication of the dossier and added, "we look forward to defending our First Amendment rights in court". Any misstep might give his supporters more ammunition to label news outlets as biased.

Since we published, the public has learned a great deal more about how seriously the F.B.I. took the dossier.

Buzzfeed News broke ranks and published the 35-page dossier days later.

In his op-ed, Smith asserted that the dossier provided critical context for the American public to understand the actions of the various political players in the metastasizing investigation of Trump and his campaign's ties to Russian Federation.

"Without the dossier, Americans would have found it hard to understand the actions of their elected representatives and government officials", Smith wrote. "The Russia investigation, meanwhile, didn't turn out to be some minor side story but instead the central challenge to Mr. Trump's presidency". The company and Smith are defendants in another high-stakes lawsuit in Florida, where a Russian tech company leader says the news organization defamed him and his companies by linking them to the hack of the Democratic National Committee.

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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