Fusion GPS, co-founded by former Wall Street Journal reporter Glenn Simpson, "recklessly placed [the dossier] 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", ABC quoted from one of the lawsuits. Fusion was first commissioned to investigate Trump in 2016 by the Washington Free Beacon newspaper, which has said that none of the information it received from the firm was included in the dossier. BuzzFeed, however, was less restrained.
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.
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Cohen, however, faces an "uphill battle" in court, Seth Berenzweig, founding and managing partner of law firm Berenzweig Leonard, told FOX Business.
"A year of government inquiries and blockbuster journalism has made clear that the dossier is unquestionably real news", Smith wrote.
President Donald Trump's personal lawyer is suing BuzzFeed and Fusion GPS over the Russian Federation dossier.
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One year after BuzzFeed published former MI6 operative Christopher Steele's private intelligence dossier alleging Donald Trump's ties to Russian Federation (sometimes known in certain circles as the "pee dossier"), the website's editor in chief Ben Smith is defending the decision. "My name was included only because of my proximity to the president", Cohen revealed in an interview with Bloomberg.
He said at the time BuzzFeed published the dossier on January 10, 2017, they knew it had been written by Christopher Steele, the former head of the Russian Federation desk for British intelligence, and that then-Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) and Senate Armed Services Committee Chairman John McCain (R-AZ) had "acted" on its contents.
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.
Mr Cohen is named several times in the document and is of interest to congressional investigations into possible collusion with Moscow.
While Mr. Trump's camp dismiss the dossier as malicious fiction or pure political opportunism, some elements have been corroborated.
Mueller has so far secured two guilty pleas and two indictments in the investigation. "I have never been to Prague or the Czech Republic, and I have never engaged with, been paid by, paid for, or communicated with anyone representing the Russian Federation or anyone else to hack anyone or any organization or disseminate false news reports or interfere in any way with this election".
Fusion GPS was originally hired to do research during the 2016 Republican primary campaign for a still unknown Republican donor who wanted to defeat Trump. Australian officials then passed the information to their American counterparts, the Times reported.