The attorney announced the lawsuit on Twitter, saying, "enough is enough of the #fake #RussianDossier".
Almost one year to the day after the Russian Federation dossier's publication, President Donald Trump's personal lawyer hit both the research firm that produced it and the news organization that released it with lawsuits, saying its allegations about him are wrong. Fusion GPS is the political intelligence firm which compiled the infamous Trump dossier. "This is not the first time Trump's lawyer has attacked the free press, and we look forward to defending our First Amendment rights in court", BuzzFeed said.
"The dossier is, and continues to be, the subject of active investigations by Congress and intelligence agencies", a BuzzFeed spokesperson said. Comey then briefed former President Barack Obama and President-elect Donald Trump on the dossier, further giving it weight, in the eyes of news outlets.More news: Satellite images reveal North Korea may be preparing another missile test
"They had other intelligence about this matter from an internal Trump campaign source and ... they believed Chris' information might be credible", Mr Simpson testified. Compiled by Christopher Steele, a former British spy, the dossier has since been a focus of congressional probes investigating whether Russian Federation interfered with the 2016 election and possible collusion with the Trump campaign. "Consistent with the intended objective 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". The dossier portrayed Cohen as a central figure in what it described as a conspiracy.
Several months later, in May 2017, former FBI Director Robert Mueller was tapped to lead a special counsel investigation into Russia's attempted meddling in the election.
Smith also noted how "seriously" the FBI took the dossier, reportedly using it to justify spying on Trump campaign member Carter Page, reimbursing Steele for expenses, and using it as a "road map" for its investigation. Though investigators and journalists have developed extensive evidence linking some of Mr. Trump's associates to operatives for the Russian government, no evidence of a direct connection between Mr. Trump himself and the Kremlin has emerged. He specifically denied one of the best-known allegations against him - that he secretly met in Prague with a Russian official last summer.More news: Natalie Portman calls out sexism at Golden Globes
Cohen alleges he "sustained significant financial and reputational damages" due to the publication of the dossier on BuzzFeed's website, according to court documents in the BuzzFeed lawsuit.
A new report by Senate Democrats, being published later today and previewed here by the New York Times, says Russian interference in the 2016 election fits into a pattern of meddling over almost two decades.
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. Republicans have questioned whether the Steele dossier was the impetus for the FBI's investigation into the Trump campaign, indicating a politically motivated witch hunt.More news: Arsenal's Coquelin to join Valencia, says Wenger