by Lanny Carruthers:
One of President Trump’s attorneys has filed a “defamation action” on Tuesday against BuzzFeed News, and it’s editor-in-chief following the false dossier published that contained false and salacious information regarding Donald J. Trump. Longtime Trump attorney Michael Cohen also filed a defamation lawsuit against Fusion GPS, the research firm that compiled the dossier. It appears he is filing these legal actions on behalf of himself. In the actions filed in New York state court, Cohen said his personal and professional reputation had been harmed by BuzzFeed’s decision to publish the dossier.
Cohen went on to say, “BuzzFeed Editor-in-Chief Ben Smith decided to published the file “in spite of his awareness that the Dossier was … not intended to be part of public discourse or to make an argument in a public debate and that the Dossier’s content also bore multiple hallmarks of its irresponsible collection and compilation.”
Cohen’s was prominently mentioned in the dossier, which claimed that he met with Russian officials in Prague during the summer of 2016. Cohen repeatedly has denied that such a meeting ever took place and that he had ever been to Prague at all.
President Trump said directly to the press that he asked Cohen if Cohen had been to Czechoslovakia during the reported time. President Trump clearly said that Cohen presented his Passport to him verifying that Cohn had indeed NOT been to Czechoslovakia.
Michael Cohen has considerable experience in defamation lawsuits and rightfully should defend his own good name, character and professional reputation. Merriam-Webster Dictionary defines defamation as “the act of communicating false statements about a person that injure the reputation of that person.” The actions taken by BuzzFeed and its editor-in-chief certainly look like defamation at face value. Fusion GPS should have never released their report if they could not verify without a reasonable doubt the report was factual.
Considering how Congress usually fumbles the ball and wastes time, looks like Cohn may settle the accuracy of this Fusion GPS report on his own. It would seem that Cohen is not launching this legal maneuver for personal financial gain because he has a very successful professional career built on his own. So the outlook for BuzzFeed and Fusion GPS doesn’t look good. Cohen has no reason to settle this case and sign a non-disclosure agreement not to discuss this case after settlement.
If you want to write and publish a book about global warming, a study about global warming, or produce a movie about global warming using falsified data and fake information like Al Gore you are free to do so. Until someone has been injured by the act and files for relief in a court of law, Gore can continue to swindle billions out of people and countries. BuzzFeed and Fusion GPS have apparently picked on the wrong guy.
Cohen has in black and white the evidence to demonstrate he has standing and suffered an injury for which he seeks relief in a court of law. And for which Cohen will and rightfully should take them to task for their reckless actions defaming his reputation.
As we look at the fumbling going on in Washington, D.C., look like Cohen may just come out from under the pile with the football and will prove definitively in a court of law who was behind the Fusion GPS dossier, who paid for the dossier and just how false and fabricated the dossier really is.
If I were Sen. Diane Feinstein, I would expect to be served legal papers any day for various reasons. “The act of communicating false statements about a person that injure the reputation of that person” certainly applies to her release of the Fusion GPS dossier containing Cohen’s name.
Were there any laws broken by her release of government documents involved in a Senate investigation regarding Fusion GPS? Sure there are leaks to the media, but Feinstein didn’t even hide when she released documents from the investigation.