Monday, 17 December, 2018

BuzzFeed Chief Defends Trump Pee Dossier: 'I'm Proud We Published'

01_09_Simpson_Fusion_GPS_Steele Firm behind Trump-Russia dossier calls on judge in defamation case to recuse himself over past volunteer work for Trump
Kayla Schwartz | 13 January, 2018, 03:25

"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 NY state court.

Buzzfeed News broke ranks and published the 35-page dossier days later.

The dossier contains unverified claims that Cohen and Trump had suspicious connections with Russian figures. "My name was included only because of my proximity to the president", Cohen revealed in an interview with Bloomberg.

Shortly after BuzzFeed published the dossier, Trump attorney Cohen tweeted a photo of his passport, which he says proves he never visited Prague.

"[Fusion GPS] recklessly placed it beyond their control and allowed it to fall into the hands of media devoted to breaking news on the hottest subject of the day: the Trump candidacy", read the lawsuit filed in NY state court.

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.

BuzzFeed responded with a Twitter post saying the dossier continues to be the subject of investigations by Congress and intelligence agencies, was shown to two USA presidents and described in detail by news outlets worldwide.

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We strongly believed that publishing the disputed document whose existence we and others were reporting was in the public interest.

Mittenthal added: "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". Dianne Feinstein on Tuesday released a full transcript from Fusion GPS co-founder Glenn Simpson's testimony before the Senate Judiciary Committee on the alleged Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election.

The lawsuits were not immediately available on online court resources. Simpson's lawyer Josh Levy jumped in: "He's going to decline to answer that question".

The salacious and unproven claims in the "Trump dossier" have been used against President Trump and his associates to accuse them of colluding with Russian Federation to influence the 2016 presidential election. NPR has not detailed its contents because it is unsubstantiated, but it describes an effort by powerful Russians to build bridges with Trump and his campaign.

Despite "fake news" pushback from both Donald Trump and more traditional news outlets, Smith said that the ensuing "year of government inquiries and blockbuster journalism has made clear that the dossier is unquestionably real news". "Nobody here talks about her", the White House counselor told CNN's Chris Cuomo on "Cuomo Prime Time".

Mr Mueller's team has produced two indictments and two guilty pleas by former aides to Mr Trump's campaign. "Since we published, the public has learned a great deal more about how seriously the F.B.I. took the dossier", he said.

The dossier, which was produced by the D.C. -based intelligence firm Fusion GPS, relies nearly exclusively on Kremlin-linked sources and has itself been described by experts as a Russian disinformation campaign. Clinton's campaign and the Democratic National Committee later commissioned Fusion and the work that led to the dossier, according to The Washington Post.

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