BuzzFeed responded with a Twitter post saying the dossier continues to be the subject of investigations by Congress and intelligence agencies, was shown to two USA presidents and described in detail by news outlets worldwide.
Michael Cohen, who worked for the Trump Organisation and is now a personal lawyer to the president himself, is named in the dossier. "This is not the first time Trump's personal lawyer has attacked the free press, and we look forward to defending our First Amendment rights in court". While Fusion GPS has not publicly responded to the lawsuit, a transcript of Glenn Simpson's testimony [transcript, PDF] before the Senate Judiciary Committee [official website] in August 2017 was released by Senator Diane Feinstein Monday, in which Simpson indicated that a member of the Trump campaign provided information to the Federal Bureau of Investigation that verified some of the claims contained in the dossier. 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.
Josh Levy, a lawyer for Fusion, declined comment Wednesday morning.
Ben Smith, the site's editor in chief, said the past year, filled with more questions about Mr Trump's links to the Kremlin and multiple high-level investigations, more than vindicated the decision. "Why waste time talking about something that's not legitimate", he said. Cohen said he has never been to Prague and his passport shows no visits to the Czech Republic. His legal team is preparing for a potential interview with the special counsel and is in preliminary discussions with Mueller's office about the parameters of such a discussion, a person familiar with the matter said Tuesday. "I, like all Americans - Republicans and Democrats alike - want to know to what extent Russian Federation involved themselves in our democratic process, and more importantly what can be done to stop future involvement by foreign governments".
The document was written by former British spy Christopher Steele, who was hired by research firm Fusion GPS, which later turned out to have received funding from the Hillary Clinton campaign.
He said that seems much more likely than the report that a former Trump campaign adviser's drunken boasts - not the dossier - led to the investigation.
Cohen is also reportedly suing Fusion GPS - the intelligence firm that commissioned the research into the alleged ties between Trump and Russian Federation - and its cofounder, Glenn Simpson. He used his network of contacts in east European intelligence services to examine Mr Trump's ties in Russian Federation for Fusion GPS, which was originally hired the candidate's Republican opponents.
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. Australian officials then passed the information to their American counterparts, the Times reported.