A personal lawyer for President Donald Trump confirmed Tuesday night that he has filed a defamation action against the website Buzzfeed for publishing a 35-page dossier alleging that Donald Trump's presidential campaign colluded with Russia.
The lawyer, Michael Cohen, denied any personal role in Russia's involvement in the 2016 election when he appeared before the House and Senate intelligence committees in October. NBC News reported that he told the committees that his reputation had been damaged by the "entirely and totally false" accusations in the "lie-filled dossier" about the Trump campaign, which was prepared by former British intelligence agent Christopher Steele.
Cohen's legal action, which was first reported by TMZ, had yet to be registered in online court records Tuesday night. But Cohen confirmed on Twitter that he had filed it, saying, "Enough is enough."
"Enough is enough of the #fake #RussianDossier. Just filed a defamation action against @BuzzFeedNews for publishing the lie filled document on @POTUS @realDonaldTrump and me!" Michael Cohen tweeted
Twitter Ads info and privacy Buzzfeed told MSNBC on Tuesday that it would fight the action, calling the dossier, which was later determined to have been prepared by the opposition research firm Fusion GPS, an "obvious" example of an important topic that news organizations should cover. "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," it said.
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