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Pres. Trump’s Personal Attorney Sues Fusion GPS, Buzzfeed for Defamation

Michael Cohen, a lawyer for President Trump, meets with Senate Intelligence Committee, Washington, 19 Sep. 2017. (Photo/SHAWN THEW/EPA-EFE/REX/Shutterstock)

President Trump’s personal attorney launches a lawsuit against the political intelligence firm behind the unverified Trump-Russia dossier.
On Tuesday, Michael Cohen announced he was suing Fusion GPS in federal court for defamation.
The suit claims he was included in the unverified report numerous times for untrue allegations.
Cohen has testified before the House and Senate Committees over his alleged involvement in collusion, but did not say whether Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s team interviewed him.
He claims the suit will prove he had no involvement in the conspiracy.
This comes along with another lawsuit filed by the attorney against media organization Buzzfeed in state court.
Cohen announced he is suing the popular website for defamation after they published the salacious and uncorroborated Steele dossier in full last January.
The document claimed Cohen made connections with suspicious Russian figures while he was negotiating to build a Trump Tower in Moscow.
It also claimed he was allegedly conducting secret meetings with Russians during the campaign.
He is mentioned 15 times in the dossier, which alleges ties between Russia and President Trump’s campaign.
In the suit, he names Buzzfeed’s editor-in-chief Ben Smith, and the the journalist and editors whose by-lines were featured in the report.
Buzzfeed editor-in-chief Ben Smith (Photo/REUTERS/Gus Ruelas)
On Tuesday, Smith published an opinion piece in the New York Times defending it’s publication, claiming the government probes showed it was “real news.”
Cohen says although Buzzfeed put a disclaimer that it was unverified and contains errors, they did not attempt to verify the “defamatory and false” allegations made against him and President Trump.
In response, the organization says the suit is an attack on the free press, and they will continue to defend their First Amendment rights.
A Russian tech executive named in the report also sued the media company and Smith last year for defamation.
The company later apologized for using his name, and blacked it out of the document on their website.
The libel suit in Florida court is ongoing.
Cohen says his suit will prove he was only included in the dossier because of his proximity to the president.

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