I'm Proud We Published the Trump-Russia Dossier

Glenn R. Simpson co-founder of Fusion GPS

He faulted the company for recklessly distributing the dossier and allowing it to "fall into the hands of media devoted to breaking news on the hottest subject of the day: the Trump candidacy".

Since we published, the public has learned a great deal more about how seriously the F.B.I. took the dossier. BuzzFeed, however, was less restrained.

One thing is certain: this story is only just beginning.

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

Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-Fla.) said Wednesday that new revelations about the infamous Trump dossier raise more questions about anti-Trump bias in the Justice Department and Federal Bureau of Investigation.

Almost one year to the day after the Russian Federation dossier's publication, President Donald Trump's personal lawyer hit both the research firm that produced it and the news organization that released it with lawsuits, saying its allegations about him are wrong.

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The lawyer Michael Cohen, filed the lawsuit in NY state on Tuesday, almost a year after BuzzFeed published the dossier commissioned by political opposition research firm Fusion GPS.

Smith did not reveal how BuzzFeed got a hold of the dossier - which has recently become the source of congressional scrutiny, but he did provide an idea as to what they knew about the dossier at the time and why they published it. "My name was included only because of my proximity to the president".

He said at the time BuzzFeed published the dossier on January 10, 2017, they knew it had been written by Christopher Steele, the former head of the Russian Federation desk for British intelligence, and that then-Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) and Senate Armed Services Committee Chairman John McCain (R-AZ) had "acted" on its contents. "This is not the first time Trump's personal lawyer has attacked the free press, and we look forward to defending our First Amendment rights in court".

Ben Smith, the site's editor in chief, said the past year, filled with more questions about Mr Trump's links to the Kremlin and multiple high-level investigations, more than vindicated the decision. He provided the complaint and a confirmation email from the court system that he had filed the suit to Bloomberg News, but it could not immediately be independently confirmed that the suit had been filed.

Cohen is also reportedly suing Fusion GPS - the intelligence firm that commissioned the research into the alleged ties between Trump and Russian Federation - and its cofounder, Glenn Simpson, Bloomberg reported. "I have never been to Prague or the Czech Republic, and I have never engaged with, been paid by, paid for, or communicated with anyone representing the Russian Federation or anyone else to hack anyone or any organization or disseminate false news reports or interfere in any way with this election".

Papadopoulos has pleaded guilty to a charge of lying to the FBI and is cooperating with Mueller's investigation.

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