BuzzFeed Just Got Slapped With 'Defamation' Lawsuit for Publishing Infamous Trump Dossier

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President Donald Trump's personal lawyer is suing BuzzFeed and Fusion GPS over the Russian Federation dossier.

"Enough is enough of the #fake #RussianDossier", Mr Cohen tweeted on Tuesday. "My name was included only because of my proximity to the president", Cohen revealed in an interview with Bloomberg.

The committee is in the process of scheduling eight witnesses including Federal Bureau of Investigation agent Peter Strzok and Federal Bureau of Investigation lawyer Lisa Page, who exchanged anti-Trump text messages during an affair and previously worked on the special counsel's Russian Federation probe; Federal Bureau of Investigation general counsel James Baker, who was reassigned; Federal Bureau of Investigation head of counterintelligence Bill Priestap, whom ex-FBI boss James Comey testified made the decision not to brief Congress about the Russian Federation case during last year's election; Federal Bureau of Investigation special agent and chief of staff James Rybicki; and Federal Bureau of Investigation congressional liaison Greg Brower. Buzzfeed published the dossier in its entirety almost a year ago, which it said it obtained from a source it didn't identify.

The dossier, a 35-page document containing, among other things, unsubstantiated allegations linking the Trump campaign to Russian Federation, was first published by BuzzFeed past year. It was presented to two successive presidents, and has been described in detail by news outlets around the world.

Critics of President Donald Trump have spent months trying to pin down any connection he or any member of his campaign/transition team may have had with Russian officials.

"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. Its interest to the public is obvious", Buzzfeed spokesman Matt Mittenthal said in a statement.

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Buzzfeed has publicly affirmed its decision to publish the material, claiming it to be clearly within the public interest and looks forward to defend its decision to do so on First Amendment freedom of press grounds.

After he won the election, Fusion GPS allowed the dossier to fall into BuzzFeed's hands, the suit says. "The Russia investigation, meanwhile, didn't turn out to be some minor side story but instead the central challenge to Mr. Trump's presidency".

Mueller has so far secured two guilty pleas and two indictments in the investigation.

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.

House Intelligence Committee investigators got access to the remaining documents they had long sought as part of their Russian Federation inquiry during a classified session at the Justice Department on Friday, a source close to the matter told Fox News. Steele is reported to have provided the dossier to the FBI in 2016, and some Republicans allege that the document prompted the agency to open a counterintelligence investigation into the Trump campaign.

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