Trump's personal lawyer files lawsuit against BuzzFeed, Fusion GPS over Russian Federation dossier

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A separate lawsuit filed at the federal level in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of NY against Fusion GPS seeks $100 million in damages, makes similar allegations regarding the veracity of the document, but states that the firm was reckless in sharing its contents with the media.

The research firm's link tying Cohen to Russian sources was, according to Simpson, a Russian Facebook friend of Cohen.

That included a claim that Cohen had traveled to Prague for secret meetings with a Russian official.

Trump called the dossier "fake" and disputed all the allegations in it. Trump denied that, and said he'd be "100 percent" willing tell his version of events under oath. "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".

Trump and his surrogates have also attempted to cast the document as a partisan attack, noting that a lawyer representing Hillary Clinton's campaign and the Democratic National Committee retained Fusion GPS for research services that began in April 2016. "Their actions are so malicious, despicable and reckless, one can only presume that their motives were intentional". Its interest to the public is obvious.

President Donald Trump listens during a meeting with lawmakers on immigration policy in the Cabinet Room of the White House, Tuesday, Jan. 9, 2018, in Washington. But he went ahead and published the dossier anyway in a cheap bid for page views.

Ben Smith, the editor-in-chief of BuzzFeed wrote in a New York Times Op Ed piece published Tuesday that the publication helped to explain the investigation to readers.

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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.

News reported that he told the committees that his reputation had been damaged by the "entirely and totally false" accusations in the "lie-filled dossier" about the Trump campaign, which was prepared by former British intelligence agent Christopher Steele.

The Steele dossier - which became public in January 2017 - was drawn together after an investigation funded by Republicans trying to block Mr Trump from becoming the party's presidential candidate.

He added: "After reviewing how Mr Steele conducted himself in distributing information contained in the dossier and how many stop signs the DoJ ignored in its use of the dossier, I believe that a special counsel needs to review this matter".

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

Democrats say those investigations are a distraction. BuzzFeed later redacted its online version of the dossier to exclude those named and issued an apology shortly after the lawsuit was filed.

Separately, the source said the committee got access to dossier-related financial records from TD Bank on Friday following a court decision, making any potential appeal by Fusion GPS moot.