Published: Sat, January 13, 2018
World | By Paul Elliott

Trump golf courses mentioned in Russian Federation inquiry

Trump golf courses mentioned in Russian Federation inquiry

The lawyer Michael Cohen, filed the lawsuit in NY state on Tuesday, almost a year after BuzzFeed published the dossier commissioned by political opposition research firm Fusion GPS. 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.

While Mr. Trump's camp dismiss the dossier as malicious fiction or pure political opportunism, some elements have been corroborated.

Michael Cohen, a personal lawyer for Trump who is named in the dossier, says BuzzFeed and several of its staffers defamed him when it published the 35-page document and an accompanying article last January.

Trump attorney Michael Cohen (center) filed a $100 million defamation lawsuit against Fusion GPS co-founder Glenn Simpson (l.) and a separate defamation suit against BuzzFeed editor Ben Smith. The publisher went ahead and released it four days early.

Among the accusations was a claim that Michael Cohen, a longtime lawyer for Donald Trump (pre-dating his presidency), had traveled to Prague in August 2016 to talk to Kremlin officials.

We didn't discount the arguments against publishing salacious allegations - which reporters do all the time in covering lawsuits, internal investigations or reports like Mr. Steele's. Cohen said he has never been to Prague and his passport shows no visits to the Czech Republic. Cohen said a simple fact-check could have prevented the publication of defamatory claims that he colluded with Russian Federation. The suit says Fusion GPS "started peddling the dossier to media and journalists" in September 2016 as part of the intended goal of opposition research on then-candidate Trump.

The dossier alleges ties between Cohen and Russian officials.

Meanwhile, the dossier has been widely slammed and discredited, both for its unverified allegations and its dubious provenance.

As special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation continues to drag on and vocal celebrities like film director Rob Reiner continue to insist there is a tie with Russian Federation yet to be unearthed, Trump attorney Michael Cohen says he has reached his limit.

"I've never been paid by or colluded with any Russian to hack the DNC, to create search-engine optimization tools to cause Trump's positives up and Hillary's negatives up".

"It will be proven that I had no involvement in this Russian collusion conspiracy", Cohen said to Bloomberg on Tuesday. The F.B.I., CNN reported, used the dossier to justify its effort to spy on an American citizen, and reimbursed Mr. Steele for some of his expenses.

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