President Donald Trump's personal lawyer, Michael Cohen, has filed defamation lawsuits against the company that compiled the so-called Steele Dossier alleging Russian Federation ties to the Trump campaign and against the publication that published it.
"Enough is enough of the #fake #RussianDossier. My name was included only because of my proximity to the president", Cohen revealed in an interview with Bloomberg. It was presented to two successive presidents, and has been described in detail by news outlets around the world.
The lawsuits were not immediately available on online court resources.
Josh Levy, a lawyer for Fusion, declined comment Wednesday morning.
Mittenthal added: "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".
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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. In the federal suit against Fusion GPS, Cohen alleges that despite containing unverified information the defendants "recklessly placed it [the dossier] beyond their control and allowed it to fall into the hands of media devoted to breaking news on the hottest subject of the day: the Trump candidacy".
Cohen has emerged as a figure of interest to congressional investigators probing Russian interference in the 2016 election.
Mr Mueller's team has produced two indictments and two guilty pleas by former aides to Mr Trump's campaign. "I have never been to Prague or the Czech Republic, and I have never engaged with, been paid by, paid for, or communicated with anyone representing the Russian Federation or anyone else to hack anyone or any organization or disseminate false news reports or interfere in any way with this election".
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.
The 312-page report recently released by Senator Dianne Feinstein includes the transcript of Fusion GPS co-founder Glenn Simpson's August interview, which was part of the Senate Judiciary Committee's investigation into alleged Russian meddling. BuzzFeed published the dossier in full previous year.
The New York Times reported December 30 that the investigation began after a Trump campaign adviser, George Papadopoulos, revealed to an Australian diplomat in London that Russian Federation had political dirt on Clinton. 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.