It contains salacious yet unverified information about the campaign's alleged effort to collude with Russian Federation, including allegations that was directly involved in coordinating with the Kremlin. Most other US news organizations declined to publish the document because many of its claims - some of them salacious - haven't been substantiated. "My name was included only because of my proximity to the president", Cohen revealed in an interview with Bloomberg.
BuzzFeed published the 35-page report with an accompanying article in January of previous year, and the state-level suit names the news outlet, its editor-in-chief Ben Smith, reporter Ken Bensinger and editors Miriam Elder and Mark Schoofs as defendants.
BuzzFeed, as well as its editor-in-chief, Ben Smith, reporter Ken Bensinger and editors Miriam Elder and Mark Schoofs are named as the defendants in the state-level suit. Cohen said a simple fact-check could have prevented the publication of defamatory claims that he colluded with Russian Federation. "Its interest to the public is obvious", said BuzzFeed spokeswoman Katie Rayford.
Sen. Dianne FeinsteinDianne Emiel FeinsteinGrassley blasts Democrats over unwillingness to probe Clinton Avalanche of Democratic senators say Franken should resign Blumenthal: "Credible case" of obstruction of justice can be made against Trump MORE (D-Calif.) posted the entire transcript of Simpson's testimony on Tuesday after a feud erupted between Fusion GPS and Judiciary Chairman Chuck GrassleyCharles (Chuck) Ernest GrassleyGrassley blasts Democrats over unwillingness to probe Clinton GOP and Dems bitterly divided by immigration Thanks to the farm lobby, the U.S. is stuck with a broken ethanol policy MORE (R-Iowa).
The lawsuits were not immediately available on online court resources.
Josh Levy, a lawyer for Fusion, declined to comment Wednesday morning.
"The Russia investigation, meanwhile, didn't turn out to be some minor side story but instead the central challenge to Mr. Trump's presidency". He has also talked to the House and Senate intelligence committees. "He also must face the reality that as a news-related organization, BuzzFeed has a First Amendment right to provide such information", he said. This marks a change from his statement a year ago when he said he would be willing to talk to Mueller under oath.
Mueller has so far secured two guilty pleas and two indictments in the investigation.
Cohen, like many of Trump's aides and allies, has been harshly critical of some national news outlets. In the federal suit against Fusion GPS, Cohen alleges that despite containing unverified information the defendants "recklessly placed it [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".
Simpson and Fusion GPS were hired in 2016 to do opposition research on Trump, first by a conservative donor and later by Hillary Clinton's campaign.
Feinstein used her own authority to make public a long set of questions and answers from August between Senate Judiciary Committee investigators and Glenn Simpson, whose political research shop, Fusion GPS, plays a key role in the Russian Federation saga.
"For months, there has been a campaign to discredit Christopher Steele and cast doubt on the FBI's investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election", said Sen.