A longtime personal lawyer for President Donald J. Trump has filed a defamation lawsuit against BuzzFeed for the publication of the infamous Steele Dossier.
— Michael Cohen (@MichaelCohen212) January 10, 2018
“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,” said Michael D. Cohen on Twitter.
In a ten-page complaint filed in the New York Supreme Court, Cohen alleges defamation based on “false, damaging, and highly inflammatory statements” made about him in Steele dossier, which was published by BuzzFeed on Jan. 10, 2017.
BuzzFeed’s Editor-In-Chief Benjamin E. Smith, reporters Ken Bensinger and Miriam Elder, as well as projects editor Mark Schoofs are also listed as defendants.
“BuzzFeed admitted in the Article that the Dossier “include[d] specific, unverified and potentially unverifiable allegations of contact between Trump aides and Russian operatives” and that “[t]he allegations are unverified,” the complaint said.
It also alleges that even though BuzzFeed expressly acknowledged the unverified and unverifiable nature of the some of the dossier’s allegations, that they published the un-redacted dossier and the article anyway – without attempting to determine the veracity of of the information with Cohen.
The dossier was produced by Christopher D. Steele, a former British intelligence officer, who was hired by Fusion GPS, an opposition research firm contracted by Republican and Democrat interests to conduct research into Trump and other 2016 presidential candidates.
The dossier connects Cohen with the Russian Kremlin by listing specific ties that Cohen’s wife and father have to Russia, including that his father-in-law is a property developer in Moscow, and owns property in Sochi.
“His father that his father-in-law is not a leading property developer in Moscow, and in fact, [Cohen’s] father-in-law does not even own a vacation home in Sochi, nor has he ever been there,” the complaint said.
Additionally, the complaint said that Cohen’s wife was born in the Ukraine region and immigrated to the United States over 40 years ago, and that she has never been to Russia.
The full complaint lists numerous other allegedly untrue ties that Cohen has with Russia, including that he met with Russian government representatives in order to contain reports that other Trump associates were deeply tied with the Kremlin.
“The harm caused by these fallacious allegations is also clear: Plaintiff is once again linked to the unlawful election rigging conspiracy through baseless accusations, but this time through the implication that he was aware of the acts of two Trump campaign officials who have been themselves linked to this conspiracy and personally sought to conceal their illicit acts, and has been damaged in his profession,” it says.
The lawsuit was filed mere minutes after the New York Times, published an op-ed by Smith, in which he defends BuzzFeed’s publication of the dossier.
— Ben Smith (@BuzzFeedBen) January 10, 2018
“Our choice to publish the dossier was greeted by outrage from journalistic traditionalists didn’t like the idea of sharing an unfiltered, unverified document with the public, whatever the caveats and context,” Smith’s op-ed said.
“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.”
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Pelosi is Emboldened by Coronavirus Bailout, Vows to Dupe Republicans Harder Next Time
The Democrats’ socialist agenda is winning big during the coronavirus panic.
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) pulled the wool over the eyes of President Donald Trump and Congressional Republicans with last week’s $2 trillion coronavirus stimulus package. The disaster relief money was earmarked for many liberal pet projects, and Pelosi aims to do the same thing for the next round of bailouts.
She said on Monday that House Democrats are already preparing another massive stimulus bill, using the coronavirus pandemic to enact more socialism. She is likely to include massive infrastructure spending and serious government intervention into the health care markets in the upcoming legislation.
“Our first bills were about addressing the emergency. The third bill was about mitigation. The fourth bill would be about recovery. Emergency, mitigation, recovery,” Pelosi said during a conference call.
“I think our country is united in not only wanting to address our immediate needs — emergency, mitigation, and the assault on our lives and livelihoods — but also, how we recover in a very positive way,” she added.
Republican leaders are up in arms about how Pelosi is exploiting a crisis to get her partisan agenda muscled through Congress, but it is unclear if they have the courage to actually stop her.
“They’re approaching it — it seems like — as an opportunity to pass their political and ideological agenda. We’re approaching it as, ‘How do we protect the public health and our economy?’ And those are pretty divergent goals,” Sen. John Cornyn (R-TX) said.
Pelosi is eager to exploit the coronavirus crisis quickly and use the panic and fear in the public as an excuse to massively increase government spending and control.
“I do think that it is really important that as soon as we are here, we are ready to pass legislation,” she said.
President Donald Trump and Congressional Republicans did Pelosi’s bidding when they moved forward a $2 trillion bailout bill that included funding for liberal policy goals that had nothing to do with the coronavirus.
Rep. Thomas Massie (R-KY) sounded the alarm over the sham and attempted to get Congress to actually deliberate and vote on the bill. It instead passed on a voice vote with most legislators sequestered away from Washington D.C.
"This was a wealth transfer… do the math. The $1,200 check is just the cheese in the trap" @RepThomasMassie stood alone in Congress against last week's 2 trillion-dollar stimulus package. He explains why it SHOULDN'T have been a controversy. #istandwithmassie pic.twitter.com/nPPNYh5vkS
— Glenn Beck (@glennbeck) March 30, 2020
Massie’s principled stand against Pelosi’s profligate spending bill earned him a tongue lashing from President Trump, who now wants Massie replaced in Congress because he’s too conservative.
…& costly. Workers & small businesses need money now in order to survive. Virus wasn’t their fault. It is “HELL” dealing with the Dems, had to give up some stupid things in order to get the “big picture” done. 90% GREAT! WIN BACK HOUSE, but throw Massie out of Republican Party!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) March 27, 2020
With no Republicans seemingly willing to stand up against Pelosi, there will likely be more bailout socialism on the way as the Democrats use coronavirus for their far-left power grabs.
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