20 April, 2018
Michael Cohen, the embattled lawyer for President Donald Trump, has dropped a pair of lawsuits against BuzzFeed and the research firm Fusion GPS over the preparation and publication of a dossier that contained lurid allegations about the president.
"We believe the defendants defamed my client, and vindicating Mr. Cohen's rights was - and still remains - important", continued Schwartz, a partner at the firm Gerstman Schwartz & Malito. "But given the events that have unfolded and the time, attention and resources needed to prosecute these matters, we have dismissed th matters despite their merits".
He had begun the process of suing both over the "Trump Dossier", a generally unverified document of opposition research that Fusion created and BuzzFeed published. Cohen sued for defamation because the dossier claimed that Cohen had made an overseas trip to meet with the Russians, and Cohen said at the time that was not true. The FBI is reportedly looking into payments Cohen helped facilitate to two women who claimed to have had affairs with Trump.
Cohen's complaint against Fusion GPS and its founder, the former investigative reporter Glenn Simpson, said that he was "collateral damage" in a hostile political operation conducted by the company.
Cohen's decision to abandon the suits comes five days after he denied and criticized an anonymously sourced report stating Russian Federation probe special counsel Robert Mueller had evidence he visited Prague, as the dossier alleged.
The salacious document, which BuzzFeed published on January 10, 2017, makes a series of allegations about Trump and members of his campaign.More news: Battlefield V Battle Royale Mode in the Works
In a court document filed Wednesday, Cohen's lawyer, David Schwartz, served notice that the lawsuit against BuzzFeed and four of its employees had been dropped.
A report published Friday cast a new cloud over Cohen.
"Bad reporting, bad information and bad story by same reporter Peter Stone @McClatchyDC", Cohen tweeted.
Lawyers for President Trump's personal attorney seek to block prosecutors' access to his files; Laura Ingle reports from New York City.
BuzzFeed published the dossier in early 2017, noting that the allegations in it had not been confirmed but had been reviewed by then President-elect Trump.
Cohen did not respond to TheDCNF's request for comment.