Almost a year after BuzzFeed published an explosive, though unsubstantiated, dossier detailing the compromising and blackmail-worthy material Russian spies had allegedly gathered about President Donald Trump, the commander-in-chief's personal lawyer has filed a lawsuit against the research firm behind the dossier and the publication that first released it.
Cohen is accused in the dossier of traveling to Prague in August 2016 as part of a collusion conspiracy between the Trump campaign and Russian government.
That dossier, which includes unverified allegations and disputed information about President Trump's connections with Russian Federation, was being funded by the Clinton campaign and Democratic National Committee, Simpson told the committee.
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.
The dossier is a compilation of memos written by Steele during the 2016 campaign that contained allegations of connections between Trump and Russian Federation, including that Trump had been compromised by the Kremlin.More news: Donald Trump Cancels UK State Visit
However, Trump's personal attorney doesn't appear to agree with Smith's reasoning as he announced today his "defamation action" lawsuit against both BuzzFeed News and the site's editor-in-chief for publishing the dossier. They characterized it as an attempt to discredit a crucial source in the investigations by Congress and the special counsel, Robert Mueller, and distract from the central question: whether the Trump campaign knowingly sought aid from Russian Federation. "We look forward to defending the free press and our First Amendment rights in court".
It was the summer of 2016, and Fusion GPS co-founder Glenn Simpson was speaking with Christopher Steele, the former British spy he enlisted to cobble together dirt on then-presidential candidate Donald Trump's ties to Russian Federation.
He also testified to congressional investigators probing Russian interference in the 2016 elections to the House Intelligence Committee behind closed doors on October 24 and publicly to the Senate Intelligence Committee on October 25.
Of particular interest to the House committee are text messages sent between the FBI agent who initially led the investigation into Trump, Peter Strzok, and FBI lawyer Lisa Page.
He also lodged a case against Fusion GPS, the firm that compiled the dossier, in federal court. elp of compromising information.More news: Twenty-First Century Fox (FOXA) Earns News Impact Rating of 0.12
The lawyer for Fusion GPS co-founder Glenn Simpson made the revelation after Republican Sen. Cohen said he's mentioned in the dossier 15 times.
A lawyer for Fusion GPS could not be reached for comment.
Also on Tuesday, a group of House of Representatives Democrats wrote to Republican House Speaker Paul Ryan asking his party to "fully investigate" possible Russian interference in USA elections. "Consistent with the intended goal of "oppo research" to publicly discredit its target, Steele's briefings were created to generate interest in the Dossier and secure its eventual public dissemination".
Cohen has denied the dossier's claim that he met with Russian operatives in Europe, and provided his passport to BuzzFeed in May 2017 in an attempt to dispel the accusations.More news: Amid Fallout Over Racist Comments, Trump Pledges To Fight For MLK's Dream