BuzzFeed Chief Defends Trump Pee Dossier: 'I'm Proud We Published'

Lester Mason
January 13, 2018

Ultimately, the liberal website BuzzFeed published the dossier online last January, airing its unverified allegations about the president. Buzzfeed published the dossier in its entirety almost a year ago, which it said it obtained from a source it didn't identify. Most other USA news organizations declined to publish the document because many of its claims - some of them salacious - haven't been substantiated.

The 35-page dossier was compiled by Fusion GPS and reportedly commissioned by Trump's political opponents, including anti-Trump Republicans and Democrats.

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.

But Cohen, who works as an attorney for Trump Organization, has long denied the allegations, which are made in the dossier by former MI6 agent Christopher Steele. It was presented to two successive Presidents, and has been described by news outlets around the world. The New York Times reported last month that Papadopoulos told the diplomat that Russian Federation had thousands of emails that would embarrass Clinton and that the Australians' subsequent tip to the FBI about the conversation helped persuade the bureau to investigate potential coordination between Russian Federation and the Trump campaign.

In response, the organization says the suit is an attack on the free press, and they will continue to defend their First Amendment rights.

In the federal complaint, Cohen alleges that Fusion GPS "recklessly placed [the dossier] beyond their control and allowed it to fall into the hands of media devoted to breaking news on the hottest subject of the day: the Trump candidacy", ABC News reported.

Ben Smith, the editor in chief of BuzzFeed News defended publishing the dossier in an op-ed to the New York Times on Tuesday.

"We ask you to change course and begin demonstrating true leadership on this national security issue", said the letter, released a year after USA intelligence agencies reported their findings that Russian Federation had sought to intervene in the 2016 election on Trump's behalf.

One twist could render Cohen's status moot: According to his complaint, Cohen is seeking compensatory and punitive damages, meaning he wants BuzzFeed to not only compensate for harm to his business and reputation but also to pay an additional penalty.

"They had other intelligence about this matter from an internal Trump campaign source and. they believed Chris' information might be credible", Simpson testified.

She released the transcript of Glenn Simpson's interview against the objections of the committee's Republican chairman Chuck Grassley.

That included a claim that Cohen had traveled to Prague for secret meetings with a Russian official. In May 2017, Cohen provided a copy of his passport to BuzzFeed that showed it had been stamped for entry and exit to the United Kingdom and Italy.

Rejecting the claims that he was in any way involved in paying off Russian hackers, the lawsuit said Cohen was "collateral damage in a U.S. political operation - that has nothing to do with" him. Her father, it says, has been to Russian Federation only once. "Why waste time talking about something that's not legitimate", he said.

BuzzFeed's top editor has said he is "proud" that the organisation published the dossier.

Other reports by Iphone Fresh

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