A personal lawyer for President Donald Trump, Michael Cohen, has filed two suits against BuzzFeed News and Fusion GPS, alleging that both defamed him when they participated in the dissemination and creation, respectively, of the Russia dossier, in which he is named.
According to the suit, Cohen alleges that Fusion GPS and its founder Glenn Simpson defamed him by hiring an ex-British spy to compile the dossier as part of campaign research. BuzzFeed published the 35-page report with an accompanying article in January of last year, and the state-level suit names the news outlet, its editor-in-chief Ben Smith, reporter Ken Bensinger and editors Miriam Elder and Mark Schoofs as defendants.
“Even though defendant BuzzFeed expressly acknowledged the unverified (and potentially unverifiable) nature of the dossier’s allegations, defendant BuzzFeed published the un-redacted dossier and the article anyway — without attempting to determine the veracity of these reports with plaintiff himself,” reads the lawsuit filed Tuesday night in New York state court.
Cohen states that the allegations published in the dossier — which include claims about Cohen’s family ties to Russia and a trip he took overseas to meet with Russian officials — are not true and have hurt him professionally, leading him to seek maximum damages.
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SOURCE: Variety, Erin Nyren