Trump Tries to Take Down BuzzFeed
President Trump’s personal attorney filed a lawsuit against the company BuzzFeed.
It’s been almost one year since BuzzFeed released the Russia dossier publication and Michael Cohen, a personal attorney for Donald Trump has targeted the entertainment and news hub for defamation. Along with the 35-page document regarding Trump’s involvement with the Russians, Cohen argues that the company and several of its contributors defamed the sitting President alongside its accompanying article released last January.
This forcibly leaves Cohen in the position of having to prove that the allegations found in the document are false. After much widespread speculation given the Russian ties, Cohen will become the closest person to the leader of the free world to take on the dossier’s claims in court. He continues to say that the claims hurt him professionally.
“Let me be totally clear that the allegations raised against me in the public square and raised largely by BuzzFeed, Fusion GPS and others in the press are based upon misinformation, unnamed or unverifiable sources,” Cohen told CNN. “Their actions are so malicious, despicable and reckless, one can only presume that their motives were intentional.”
Matt Mittenthal, a spokesman for BuzzFeed News, responded to say that, “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.”
BuzzFeed, its editor-in-chief Ben Smith, reporter Ken Bensinger, and editors Miriam Elder and Mark Schoofs have been named the defendants in the state-level lawsuit.