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Trump lawyer sues research firm and Buzzfeed over Russia dossier Trump lawyer sues research firm and Buzzfeed over Russia dossier
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  Lawyer takes action over 'Steele dossier' as more data emerges on its provenance and accuracy
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<strong>President Donald Trump’s personal attorney, Michael D. Cohen, <a href="https://www.nytimes.com/2018/01/09/us/politics/michael-cohen-russia-dossier-buzzfeed.html">filed a defamation lawsuit</a> against Fusion GPS, the research firm behind the controversial dossier prepared by a former British spy which suggested Russia had potentially compromising information on Trump and which alluded to possible collusion between his campaign and Moscow.</strong> <strong>President Donald Trump’s personal attorney, Michael D. Cohen, <a href="https://www.nytimes.com/2018/01/09/us/politics/michael-cohen-russia-dossier-buzzfeed.html">filed a defamation lawsuit</a> against Fusion GPS, the research firm behind the controversial dossier prepared by a former British spy which suggested Russia had potentially compromising information on Trump and which alluded to possible collusion between his campaign and Moscow.</strong>
The dossier portrayed Cohen as a central figure in what it depicted as a possible conspiracy. In a separate lawsuit, Cohen is also suing Buzzfeed, which <a href="https://www.buzzfeed.com/kenbensinger/these-reports-allege-trump-has-deep-ties-to-russia?utm_term=.htQmRXBP#.woYQKXrP">published the dossier in full</a> exactly a year ago after it had been widely circulated among journalists and politicians in Washington. The dossier portrayed Cohen as a central figure in what it depicted as a possible conspiracy. In a separate lawsuit, Cohen is also suing Buzzfeed, which <a href="https://www.buzzfeed.com/kenbensinger/these-reports-allege-trump-has-deep-ties-to-russia?utm_term=.htQmRXBP#.woYQKXrP">published the dossier in full</a> exactly a year ago after it had been widely circulated among journalists and politicians in Washington.
https://twitter.com/MichaelCohen212/status/950900224087724037 https://twitter.com/MichaelCohen212/status/950900224087724037
In other key developments on the dossier, <a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Special_Counsel_investigation_(2017%E2%80%93present)">seen as central to the investigation</a> into possible collusion led by special investigator Robert Mueller: In other key developments on the dossier, <a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Special_Counsel_investigation_(2017%E2%80%93present)">seen as central to the investigation</a> into possible collusion led by special investigator Robert Mueller:
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<li><em>Buzzfeed</em> editor-in-chief Ben Smith used a New York Times <a href="https://www.nytimes.com/2018/01/09/opinion/im-proud-we-published-the-trump-russia-dossier.html?_r=0">opinion column</a> to defend his decision -- exactly a year ago -- to publish the Steele dossier in the public interest.</li>  <li><em>Buzzfeed</em> editor-in-chief Ben Smith used a New York Times <a href="https://www.nytimes.com/2018/01/09/opinion/im-proud-we-published-the-trump-russia-dossier.html?_r=0">opinion column</a> to defend his decision -- exactly a year ago -- to publish the Steele dossier in the public interest.</li>
<li>Dianne Feinstein, the senior Democrat on the Senate Judiciary Committee, took the <a href="https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/national-security/feinstein-releases-testimony-of-glenn-simpson-whose-research-firm-fusion-gps-was-behind-trump-dossier/2018/01/09/15da150a-f562-11e7-beb6-c8d48830c54d_story.html?utm_term=.710f4c744e8e">highly unusual step</a> <em>(Washington Post)</em> to publish in full <a href="http://apps.washingtonpost.com/g/documents/politics/read-the-full-transcript-of-glenn-simpsons-senate-testimony/2700/">the testimony</a> of the founder of Fusion GPS, Glenn R. Simpson, in which he defended the dossiers validity as well as the motives and skills of former British intelligence agent Christopher Steele.  <li>Dianne Feinstein, the senior Democrat on the Senate Judiciary Committee, took the <a href="https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/national-security/feinstein-releases-testimony-of-glenn-simpson-whose-research-firm-fusion-gps-was-behind-trump-dossier/2018/01/09/15da150a-f562-11e7-beb6-c8d48830c54d_story.html?utm_term=.710f4c744e8e">highly unusual step</a> <em>(Washington Post)</em> to publish in full <a href="http://apps.washingtonpost.com/g/documents/politics/read-the-full-transcript-of-glenn-simpsons-senate-testimony/2700/">the testimony</a> of the founder of Fusion GPS, Glenn R. Simpson, in which he defended the dossiers validity as well as the motives and skills of former British intelligence agent Christopher Steele.
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<li>Simpson said that they <a href="http://www.newsweek.com/fusion-gps-testimony-steele-pee-tape-dossier-russia-776223">alerted the FBI of the contents</a> of the dossier <em>(Newsweek).</em></li>  <li>Simpson said that they <a href="http://www.newsweek.com/fusion-gps-testimony-steele-pee-tape-dossier-russia-776223">alerted the FBI of the contents</a> of the dossier <em>(Newsweek).</em></li>
<li>Feinstein's decision to release the transcript infuriated President Trump who called the move "underhanded" and even "possibly illegal."</li>  <li>Feinstein's decision to release the transcript infuriated President Trump who called the move "underhanded" and even "possibly illegal."</li>
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<li>The dossier alleges Igor Sechin, the head of the Russian-state oil company <a href="https://www.rosneft.com/">Rosneft</a>, used a meeting with former campaign adviser Carter Page t<a href="http://www.newsweek.com/trump-russia-dossier-one-year-later-what-we-know-777116">o advocate for the U.S. to remove economic sanctions</a> on Russia (<em>Newsweek</em>). While Page denied any interaction with Sechin, the <a href="https://intelligence.house.gov/uploadedfiles/carter_page_hpsci_hearing_transcript_nov_2_2017.pdf">House Intelligence committee released</a> testimony where he admitted to meeting with the Putin-backed oil tycoon.</li>  <li>The dossier alleges Igor Sechin, the head of the Russian-state oil company <a href="https://www.rosneft.com/">Rosneft</a>, used a meeting with former campaign adviser Carter Page t<a href="http://www.newsweek.com/trump-russia-dossier-one-year-later-what-we-know-777116">o advocate for the U.S. to remove economic sanctions</a> on Russia (<em>Newsweek</em>). While Page denied any interaction with Sechin, the <a href="https://intelligence.house.gov/uploadedfiles/carter_page_hpsci_hearing_transcript_nov_2_2017.pdf">House Intelligence committee released</a> testimony where he admitted to meeting with the Putin-backed oil tycoon.</li>
<li>Earlier, Republican Senator Chuck Grassley had taken the equally unusual step of <a href="https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/senior-republican-refers-trump-dossier-author-for-possible-charges/2018/01/05/ead4585e-f0af-11e7-b390-a36dc3fa2842_story.html?tid=a_mcntx&amp;utm_term=.f7f90b366a56">seeking a criminal investigation of Steele</a>, alleging he had lied to the FBI over his contacts with the news media about the dossier.</li>  <li>Earlier, Republican Senator Chuck Grassley had taken the equally unusual step of <a href="https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/senior-republican-refers-trump-dossier-author-for-possible-charges/2018/01/05/ead4585e-f0af-11e7-b390-a36dc3fa2842_story.html?tid=a_mcntx&amp;utm_term=.f7f90b366a56">seeking a criminal investigation of Steele</a>, alleging he had lied to the FBI over his contacts with the news media about the dossier.</li>
<li>A new report by Senate Democrats, being published later today and <a href="https://www.nytimes.com/2018/01/10/us/politics/trump-russia-election-interference.html?_r=0">previewed here</a> by the <em>New York Times</em>, says Russian interference in the 2016 election fits into a pattern of meddling over nearly two decades. The report tracks Russian efforts in 19 countries and offers more than 30 recommendations to safeguard the American electoral process.</li>  <li>A new report by Senate Democrats, being published later today and <a href="https://www.nytimes.com/2018/01/10/us/politics/trump-russia-election-interference.html?_r=0">previewed here</a> by the <em>New York Times</em>, says Russian interference in the 2016 election fits into a pattern of meddling over nearly two decades. The report tracks Russian efforts in 19 countries and offers more than 30 recommendations to safeguard the American electoral process.</li>
<li>During a news conference on Wednesday, President Trump said that it "seems unlikely" that he'd give an interview to Robert Mueller, the special counsel investigating the possible coordination between Trump's campaign and the Russian government (<a href="http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-42645861">BBC</a>). This marks a change from his statement last year when he said he would be willing to talk to Mueller under oath.</li>  <li>During a news conference on Wednesday, President Trump said that it "seems unlikely" that he'd give an interview to Robert Mueller, the special counsel investigating the possible coordination between Trump's campaign and the Russian government (<a href="http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-42645861">BBC</a>). This marks a change from his statement last year when he said he would be willing to talk to Mueller under oath.</li>
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