Trump lawyer sues research firm and Buzzfeed over Russian Federation dossier

Trump Lawyer Michael Cohen Sues Buzzfeed for Publishing Steele Dossier

She released the material without coordinating with committee Chairman Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa. While Fusion GPS has not publicly responded to the lawsuit, a transcript of Glenn Simpson's testimony [transcript, PDF] before the Senate Judiciary Committee [official website] in August 2017 was released by Senator Diane Feinstein Monday, in which Simpson indicated that a member of the Trump campaign provided information to the Federal Bureau of Investigation that verified some of the claims contained in the dossier.

Court documents from the United Kingdom, where Steele is now being sued for defamation by a Russian businessman mentioned in the report, show that he was also instructed by Fusion GPS to give at least two briefings to major media organizations, including The New York Times, CNN, and Yahoo News.

Gaetz's remarks follow the release Tuesday by Sen. He continued filing memos that described what he was told about Trump's connections to Russian Federation, which, together, make up what has become known as the dossier.

In October, The Washington Post reported the Clinton campaign and the Democratic National Committee (DNC) had helped fund Fusion GPS' research on Trump's alleged ties with Russian Federation.

Dianne Feinstein, the senior Democrat on the Senate Judiciary Committee, took the highly unusual step (Washington Post) to publish in full the testimony of the founder of Fusion GPS, Glenn R. Simpson, in which he defended the dossiers validity as well as the motives and skills of former British intelligence agent Christopher Steele. The file includes salacious details that could have embarrassed Trump and been used as leverage over him.

As the seriousness of the Russian Federation investigation has become clearer, the pro-Trump line has shifted from dismissing the dossier to stressing its role in the investigation: The dossier, some of Mr. Trump's defenders now say, played too big a part, given that a portion of Mr. Steele's funding came from political enemies of Mr. Trump, including the Democratic National Committee. BuzzFeed said it was nevertheless publishing the document "so that Americans can make up their own minds" about the allegations against Trump.

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The dossier contains unverified claims that Cohen and Trump had suspicious connections with Russian figures.

"They had other intelligence about this matter from an internal Trump campaign source and. they believed Chris' information might be credible", Mr Simpson testified. In fact, Steele was so shocked by what he learned from his sources that he felt obliged to report it to the FBI, Simpson says.

Asked about special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation into meddling in the 2016 election, Trump insisted there was "no collusion", invoking Clinton's July 2016 interview with the FBI, calling it "a very serious breach".

Several important questions, however, remain unanswered, and Simpson, Fusion GPS and Steele are not fully inoculated against some of the charges they've endured from allies of the White House and other critics.

The plaintiffs issued a subpoena to Fusion for a deposition and documents related to its involvement in the production of the Trump-Russia dossier. The investigation caused Fusion GPS to examine Trump's golf courses, including "whether he had to borrow money to buy them, whether they were encumbered with debt, how much money they brought in, what valuations he put on them, and property tax filings".

Fusion has denied providing a copy of the memos to BuzzFeed.

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