BuzzFeed Chief Defends Trump Pee Dossier: 'I'm Proud We Published'

BuzzFeed Chief Defends Trump Pee Dossier: 'I'm Proud We Published'

Cohen's complaint against Buzzfeed names Editor in Chief Ben Smith, reporter Ken Bensinger and editors Miriam Elder and Mark Schoofs, who were the bylines on the article Buzzfeed published accompanying the dossier.

In the lawsuit, Cohen claimed that BuzzFeed's decision to publish the unedited documents, which featured claims against him, harmed his reputation both personally and professionally.

Mr Trump has always dismissed the claims of the dossier as nothing more than a politically motivated smear.

Cohen said he also filed a second defamation suit against political intelligence firm Fusion GPS, which compiled the dossier, in federal court.

Critics of President Donald Trump have spent months trying to pin down any connection he or any member of his campaign/transition team may have had with Russian officials.

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.

Cohen makes several assertions in his lawsuits, saying that the dossier's claims about family ties to Russia and a trip he took overseas to meet with Russian officials are wrong.

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 U.S. presidents and described in detail by news outlets worldwide. Michael Cohen said in a Twitter post on Tuesday, calling the dossier "fake".

In a tweet fired off late Tuesday, Cohen proclaimed that "enough is enough" and that he just "filed a defamation action against" BuzzFeed for publishing the "lie filled document" on Trump and himself.

He said at the time BuzzFeed published the dossier on January 10, 2017, they knew it had been written by Christopher Steele, the former head of the Russian Federation desk for British intelligence, and that then-Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) and Senate Armed Services Committee Chairman John McCain (R-AZ) had "acted" on its contents. It was presented to two successive presidents, and has been described in detail by news outlets around the world.

BuzzFeed spokesman Matt Mittenthal defended the publication of the dossier and added, "we look forward to defending our First Amendment rights in court".

Cohen, like many of Trump's aides and allies, has been harshly critical of some national news outlets.

CNN mentioned the existence of a possibly sketchy Russian dossier but stopped short of publishing the contents. The publisher went ahead and released it four days early.

House Intelligence Committee investigators got access to the remaining documents they had long sought as part of their Russian Federation inquiry during a classified session at the Justice Department on Friday, a source close to the matter told Fox News.

"Without the dossier, Americans would have found it hard to understand the actions of their elected representatives and government officials", Smith wrote. "Together, these reports confirmed that various law firms and businesses had retained Fusion on behalf of their clients to perform Russia-related work, thus triggering the Committee's investigative interest in identifying other businesses that sought Fusion's services during the same relevant period", Leon wrote.

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