Cohen files lawsuits against BuzzFeed, Fusion GPS

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Glenn Simpson the co-founder of Fusion GPS, the firm that commissioned the dossier written by former MI6 spy Christopher Steele, was giving evidence to a congressional committee during a closed-door interview previous year.

According to a person familiar with Simpson's testimony who spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity, Simpson did not mean to suggest the Federal Bureau of Investigation had a direct, or witting, source of information from within the Trump campaign.

Cohen claims that the dossier contained "false and defamatory" allegations that resulted in "harm to his personal and professional reputation, current business interests, and the impairment of business opportunities", ABC News reported. On Thursday, however, she said she was not pressured and denied ever having said that. "We believe in our courts and our system of justice and that when all the facts are in, justice will prevail and Mr. Cohen will be awarded damages against the defendants".

When reached by phone on Tuesday night, Cohen further criticized the "lie-filled" dossier. BuzzFeed published the dossier in full previous year. It was presented to two successive presidents, and has been described in detail by news outlets around the world.

Trump and his surrogates have also attempted to cast the document as a partisan attack, noting that a lawyer representing Hillary Clinton's campaign and the Democratic National Committee retained Fusion GPS for research services that began in April 2016. "We look forward to defending the free press and our First Amendment rights in court".

However, as many have pointed out, it does not matter who funded the dossier, considering some of it claims have already been independently substantiated. But he went ahead and published the dossier anyway in a cheap bid for page views.

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In the complaint, which is filed in New York Supreme Court against BuzzFeed Editor-in-Chief Ben Smith as well as reporters Ken Bissinger, Miriam Elder and Mark Schoofs, Cohen's attorney argues that the allegations are not true.

"Without the dossier, Americans would have found it hard to understand the actions of their elected representatives and government officials", Smith wrote.

The infamous dossier, authored by former British spy Christopher Steele, has been a thorn in the side of the Trump administration because of the dossier's salacious and explosive allegations - most notably the allegations of collusion between Trump's campaign and Russian officials.

Mr Trump has derided the dossier as politically motivated, and several Republican-led committees are investigating whether it formed the basis for the FBI's initial investigation into Russian election interference.

But guess what? The lawsuit makes the same argument Cohen did on Twitter. That has angered Democrats, who say those probes are distractions from the Russian Federation investigations. BuzzFeed later redacted its online version of the dossier to exclude those named and issued an apology shortly after the lawsuit was filed. The dossier was commissioned by Fusion GPS and paid for by Hillary Clinton's campaign.