Donald Trump’s lawyer Michael Cohen filed a defamation suit against BuzzFeed, Fusion GPS and Glenn Simpson for publishing the unverified Russia dossier, Bloomberg reports.
Scoop: Trump lawyer Michael Cohen has filed a defamation suit against BuzzFeed for publishing uncorroborated dossier on Trump a year ago.— Jennifer Jacobs (@Jennifer Jacobs)1515546400.0
NEW: Trump lawyer Michael Cohen is also suing Fusion GPS and its founder Glenn Simpson over the claims in the Russi… https://t.co/A1mjmSSISU— Jennifer Jacobs (@Jennifer Jacobs)1515546747.0
Michael Cohen is suing Buzzfeed Inc., three of its editors and one reporter for on defamation over unverified claim… https://t.co/LiBYtSDWUz— Jennifer Jacobs (@Jennifer Jacobs)1515548191.0
The move comes as Senate Democrats on Tuesday released testimony from Simpson, whose firm was hired to conduct opposition research on Trump. Fusion GPS brought on former British M16 agent Christopher Steele, who compiled the collection of memos alleging extensive ties between Trump and the Russian government, and collusion between his campaign and the Kremlin.
BuzzFeed's decision to publish the full contents of the Russia dossier last January prompted Trump to label the website a "failing pile of garbage." In an op-ed published Tuesday, BuzzFeed's editor-in-chief Ben Smith defended the sites' decision to publish its contents in full.
In a separate statement, BuzzFeed News argued the "public interest [in the dossier] is obvious," noting that both Trump and former President Barack Obama were presented with the documents' contents.
Our response to the reported defamation lawsuit by Trump’s personal lawyer Michael Cohen: https://t.co/ybSI8kWQvS— Matt Mittenthal (@Matt Mittenthal)1515547401.0