Trump's Lawyer Sues Over Controversial Dossier

While Ben Smith of BuzzFeed defends decision to publish
By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 10, 2018 6:20 AM CST
Trump Sues Over Controversial Dossier
Glenn Simpson, former Wall Street Journal journalist and co-founder of the research firm Fusion GPS.   (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

The infamous dossier about then-candidate Donald Trump continues to generate a slew of new headlines. On Tuesday, President Trump's personal attorney sued the research firm that compiled the dossier along with BuzzFeed, which made it public. In his separate suits against Fusion GPS and the media outlet, attorney Michael Cohen said the document contained "false and defamatory" accusations about him that have caused "harm to his personal and professional reputation, current business interests, and the impairment of business opportunities," per ABC News. Meanwhile, BuzzFeed editor Ben Smith has written an op-ed in the New York Times in which he says he's proud of the controversial decision made one year ago to publish the 35-page dossier.

"A year of government inquiries and blockbuster journalism has made clear that the dossier is unquestionably real news," writes Smith. "It has helped journalists explain to their audience the investigation into Russian influence on the 2016 election," while the pro-Trump camp—even Trump himself—is citing the dossier as a way to try to discredit the Robert Mueller investigation into Russian collusion. "The chorus of criticism of our decision to publish has faded," writes Smith, who asserts that publishing the dossier was in the public interest. "I haven't had a single person approach me to say, 'I wish I hadn’t read the dossier, and wish I had less insight into the forces at play in America.'" (Newser initially reported that the suit was filed on Trump's behalf. The story has been corrected to reflect that Cohen is the plaintiff.)

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