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BuzzFeed Chief Defends Trump Pee Dossier: ‘I’m Proud We Published’

One year after BuzzFeed published former MI6 operative Christopher Steele’s private intelligence dossier alleging Donald Trump’s ties to Russia (sometimes known in certain circles as the “pee dossier”), the website’s editor in chief Ben Smith is defending the decision.

In a New York Times op-ed posted Tuesday night just as word broke that Trump attorney Michael Cohen had filed a defamation suit against BuzzFeed over the story, Smith declared that he was “proud we published the Trump-Russia dossier.”

“A year of government inquiries and blockbuster journalism has made clear that the dossier is unquestionably real news,” said Smith. “We strongly believed that publishing the disputed document whose existence we and others were reporting was in the public interest.”

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In his op-ed, Smith asserted that the dossier provided critical context for the American public to understand the actions of the various political players in the metastasizing investigation of Trump and his campaign’s ties to Russia. Smith also dismissed media “traditionalists” who accused him of publishing “fake news.”

“We never bought the notion, made by the traditionalists, that a main threat to journalism is that journalists might be too transparent with their audience. Keeping the reporting process wrapped in mystery only helps those who oppose the free press,” said Smith.

Controversy, however, continues to simmer, most recently Trump lawyer and confidante Michael Cohen filed suit against the website for defamation over the issue.

The dossier was prepared by former British intelligence officer Christopher Steele for the strategic intelligence firm Fusion GPS. Its most explosive claims — that the Russian government has a trove of compromising material on Trump, including video a pee filled dalliance with several Russia prostitutes in 2013 — remain unverified.

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Trump’s Lawyer Sues Buzzfeed, Fusion GPS for ‘Defamation’ Over Russia Dossier

Michael Cohen, a personal lawyer for Donald Trump, has filed defamation lawsuits in New York state court against Buzzfeed and Fusion GPS over the Steel Dossier, the now infamous “golden showers” memo alleging Russia has blackmail material on the president. The dossier was compiled by former British intelligence operative Christopher Steele for Fusion GPS during the 2016 presidential election, and published by Buzzfeed on Jan. 10, 2017.

Cohen announced the suits Tuesday evening, saying on Twitter “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!”

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In the lawsuit filed against Fusion, obtained by TheWrap, Cohen asserts that “[t]his action arises from the immensely damaging and defamatory statements made by Defendants against Plaintiff through widely disseminated political opposition reports commissioned by opponents of presidential candidate Donald Trump. Defendants, a D.C.-based political opposition research firm and its principal, Glenn Simpson, published these reports, which came to be known as the “Dossier,” in advance of the 2016 U.S. presidential election.”

The suit names Bean LLC, d/b/a Fusion GPS, and Glenn Simpson, as defendants.

In the suit against Buzzfeed, posted online by ABC, Cohen decries “false, damaging, and highly inflammatory statements” he says were made about him in the dossier, and accuses Buzzfeed of failing to attempt to “determine the veracity of these reports with Plaintiff himself.”

The suit names Buzzfeed, INC., Ben Smith, Ken Bensigner, Miriam Elder, and Mark Schoofs as defendants.

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Cohen says statements about him contained in the dossier, including that he has family ties to Russia, are untrue and have damaged him professionally.

Soon after the dossier was published, Christopher Steele went into hiding citing concern for his and his family’s safety.

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President Trump’s Lawyer Sues BuzzFeed, Fusion GPS Over Russia Dossier

A personal lawyer for President Donald Trump, Michael Cohen, has filed two suits against BuzzFeed News and Fusion GPS, alleging that both defamed him when they participated in the dissemination and creation, respectively, of the Russia dossier, in which he is named. According to the suit, Cohen alleges that Fusion GPS and its founder Glenn […]