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One way Fusion GPS did that was by hiring a former British intelligence officer, Christopher Steele, to run the traps among his contacts inside Russian Federation and find out what he could about Trump.

In turn, BuzzFeed has said it will fight the action in court.

According to the suits, false allegations include claims that: Cohen had an inappropriate relationship with the Russian government stemming from his wife's family; Cohen secretly met with Russian officials to contain former campaign manager Paul Manafort's connection to Russia and Ukraine; and Cohen developed contingency plans to hide cash payments to Russian hackers. Fusion was first commissioned to investigate Trump in 2016 by the Washington Free Beacon newspaper, which has said that none of the information it received from the firm was included in the dossier.

"Although no amount of money can ever remedy the damage that has been sustained by Mr. Cohen, we will be seeking maximum damages for the lies contained in the so-called dossier", David Schwartz, the lawyer representing Cohen, said in a statement. "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". Michael Cohen said in a Twitter post on Tuesday, calling the dossier "fake".

A spokeswoman for BuzzFeed responded to Cohen's lawsuit by defending its controversial decision to publish the dossier.

The actions by BuzzFeed and Fusion GPS "are so malicious, despicable and reckless, one can only presume that their motives were intentional", he told CNN.

Citing the Republican attempt to discredit the dossier, Simpson has called for the release of multiple closed-door interviews he has done as part of congressional Russian Federation investigations, including his interview with Judiciary. "Its interest to the public is obvious", Buzzfeed spokesman Matt Mittenthal said in a statement. The publisher went ahead and released it four days early.

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

Buzzfeed was the first news outlet to publish the now-infamous Christopher Steele dossier on what Russian intelligence had on Donald Trump.

Smith made this argument in the op-ed: "I haven't had a single person approach me to say, 'I wish I hadn't read the dossier, and wish I had less insight into the forces at play in America.' Do you feel that way?"

He argued the investigation into Russian interference has become the "central challenge to Trump's presidency" and that publishing the dossier a year ago was in the "public interest".

Cohen's lawsuit isn't the only defamation case BuzzFeed faces.

"The Supreme Court has made it clear that when it comes to media-related publications on public figures, they are generally immune from defamation lawsuits unless they actually acted with malice".

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.

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