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

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

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. Feinstein's remarks in the transcript clearly state an FBI investigation into the Trump campaign's connections with Russian Federation was already underway when Steele presented his findings, debunking a commonly held Trump campaign theory that the dossier was part of a calculated attack on Trump's credibility.

When reached by phone on Tuesday night, Cohen further criticized the "lie-filled" dossier.

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Cohen wrote in the lawsuit 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". The dossier was commissioned by Fusion GPS and paid for by Hillary Clinton's campaign. "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", wrote Buzzfeed News spokesman Matt Mittenthal in an email to Vox News.

Cohen, like many of Trump's aides and allies, has been harshly critical of some national news outlets. The publisher went ahead and released it four days early.

As the seriousness of the Russian Federation investigation has become clearer, the pro-Trump line has shifted from dismissing the dossier to stressing its role in the investigation: The dossier, some of Mr. Trump's defenders now say, played too big a part, given that a portion of Mr. Steele's funding came from political enemies of Mr. Trump, including the Democratic National Committee. As the Russian Federation probe unfolded, Smith ascertained that the dossier legitimacy became further evidenced, writing, "A year of government inquiries and blockbuster journalism has made clear that the dossier is unquestionably real news". "Their posture toward Mr. Trump was, we now know even more comprehensively than we did in January 2017, shaped by (ex-British intelligence agent Christopher) Steele's report". For example, that the Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort hid payments for his work in Ukraine, as federal authorities have alleged; that the Russian diplomat Mikhail Kalugin was withdrawn suddenly from the United States; and that Mr. Trump sought, but never consummated, business deals in Russia.

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Cohen's lawsuit isn't the only defamation case BuzzFeed faces. Smith also dismissed media "traditionalists" who accused him of publishing "fake news".

The lawsuits were not immediately available on online court resources.

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