Trump's Personal Lawyer Files Lawsuits Over Russia Dossier

Lester Mason
January 13, 2018

President Donald Trump, keeping up his attacks on Hillary Clinton, suggested Thursday that his 2016 election opponent and her fellow Democrats could have paid Russians for dirt on him during the campaign.

Michael Cohen, who worked for the Trump Organisation and is now a personal lawyer to the president himself, is named in the dossier. It will be hard for Mr. Cohen to meet that heightened legal standard.

"Trump has derided the findings, as recently as December 26 when he wrote on Twitter: "'Dossier is bogus. "Just filed a defamation action against @BuzzFeedNews for publishing the lie filled document on @POTUS @realDonaldTrump and me", he wrote on Twitter.

He said that seems much more likely than the report that a former Trump campaign adviser's drunken boasts - not the dossier - led to the investigation. As the Russian Federation probe unfolded, Smith ascertained that the dossier legitimacy became further evidenced, writing, "A year of government inquiries and blockbuster journalism has made clear that the dossier is unquestionably real news".

Tucker Carlson faced off with BuzzFeed editor-in-chief Ben Smith tonight and charged that "partisanship played a role" in BuzzFeed's decision to run the infamous dossier. Most other US news organizations declined to publish the document because many of its claims - some of them salacious - haven't been substantiated.

Trump is referring to an opposition research document that was compiled on him during the election, and it includes unverified allegations that the Russian government has compromising personal and financial information about the President. Any misstep might give his supporters more ammunition to label news outlets as biased. "They weren't claiming that she was into some weird sex practice".

It was compiled by Christopher Steele, who had been head of the Russian Federation desk at Britain's Secret Intelligence Service, better known as MI6. Fusion GPS' efforts researching Trump were first funded by his Republican foes during the primary campaign.

He was sufficiently concerned by what he found to take his evidence to the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

Buzzfeed News broke ranks and published the 35-page dossier days later.

"This categorically proves that they acted in reckless disregard for the truth since they did nothing to further verify if this information about Cohen was reliable and trustworthy".

In August he appeared before a congressional committee to deny its allegations point by point. Cohen said he has never been to Prague and his passport shows no visits to the Czech Republic.

"It will be proven that I had no involvement in this Russian collusion conspiracy".

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