The suit says Fusion GPS "started peddling the dossier to media and journalists" in September 2016 as part of the intended objective of opposition research on then-candidate Trump. Fusion GPS is the political intelligence firm which compiled the infamous Trump dossier. BuzzFeed, however, was less restrained.
The New York Times reported December 30 that the investigation began after a Trump campaign adviser, George Papadopoulos, revealed to an Australian diplomat in London that Russian Federation had political dirt on Clinton.
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"The dossier is unquestionably real news", he wrote.
President Donald Trump's personal attorney, Michael Cohen, has reportedly filed a defamation suit against BuzzFeed after the news outlet published the unsubstantiated collection of memos known as the Trump-Russia dossier past year, according to Bloomberg News.
The first suit [complaint] names BuzzFeed along with four staffers as defendants for the publication of the materials and was filed in the New York Supreme Court [official website], while the second [complaint] was filed in the US District Court for the Southern District of New York [official website] against Fusion GPS [official website], its parent company and co-founder Glenn Simpson for compiling the allegedly fallacious information.
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"It will be proven that I had no involvement in this Russian collusion conspiracy", Cohen said in an interview with Bloomberg News on Tuesday.
The lawsuits were not immediately available on online court resources. "We look forward to defending the free press and our First Amendment rights in court".
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.
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"It has helped journalists explain to their audience the investigation into Russian influence on the 2016 election", he said.
The transcript revealed that the Federal Bureau of Investigation allegedly had "an internal Trump campaign source" that verified pieces of intelligence in the dossier. "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.
Mueller has so far secured two guilty pleas and two indictments in the investigation. Steele is reported to have provided the dossier to the FBI in 2016, and some Republicans allege that the document prompted the agency to open a counterintelligence investigation into the Trump campaign. "I have never been to Prague or the Czech Republic, and I have never engaged with, been paid by, paid for, or communicated with anyone representing the Russian Federation or anyone else to hack anyone or any organization or disseminate false news reports or interfere in any way with this election".
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