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.”
COWARD: Sen. James Lankford Grovels to Black Constituents for Opposing Electoral Fraud
Lankford is an ethnomasochist.
Since last week’s siege on the U.S. Capitol, there has been a tremendous amount of groveling from Republican cowards desperate to save face and avoid media scrutiny, but Sen. James Lankford (R-OK) has taken it to a new low.
Lankford issued a letter apologizing to his black constituents for opposing electoral fraud. He is sorry because the areas that committed the most fraud just so happened to be diverse inner-city communities. Multiculturalism means that fraud is ignored, and it is our national strength. This is the credo of the New America.
The Oklahoma senator wrote that his efforts “caused a firestorm of suspicion among many of my friends, particularly in Black communities around the state. I was completely blindsided, but I also found a blind spot.”
“What I did not realize was all of the national conversation about states like Georgia, Pennsylvania, and Michigan, was seen as casting doubt on the validity of votes coming out of predominantly Black communities like Atlanta, Philadelphia, and Detroit,” he wrote.
“After decades of fighting for voting rights, many Black friends in Oklahoma saw this as a direct attack on their right to vote, for their vote to matter, and even a belief that their votes made an election in our country illegitimate,” he added.
Lankford’s pathetic obsequious letter apologizing for fighting the vote steal shows why the Republican Party is dying, and Republican politicians are despised by their own rank-and-file party members. There is little difference between a GOP elected official and a social justice activist these days.
“I can assure you, my intent to give a voice to Oklahomans who had questions was never also an intent to diminish the voice of any Black American. I should have recognized how what I said and what I did could be interpreted by many of you,” he wrote. “I deeply regret my blindness to that perception, and for that I am sorry.”
Big League Politics has reported on how the Capitol riot forced RINOs to show their true colors and publicly express the disdain they have always held for President Trump:
Mitch McConnell is reportedly “pleased” about the possibility of Trump’s second impeachment, viewing it as an opportunity to purge Trump from the Republican Party and whatever else Conservative Inc. deems “toxic.”
In a New York Times report published Monday afternoon, Jonathan Martin and Maggie Haberman write that the outgoing Senate Majority Leader believes Trump committed “impeachable offenses.” McConnell also welcomes impeachment in order to justify dumping Trump and shedding his influence over the GOP.
“Mr. McConnell, Republican of Kentucky, has indicated that he wants to see the specific article of impeachment that the House is set to approve on Wednesday, which is expected to draw support from as many as a dozen Republicans, potentially including Representative Liz Cheney of Wyoming, the party’s No. 3 in the House,” the report reads. “But he has made clear in private discussions that he believes now is the moment to move on the weakened lame duck, whom he blames for causing Republicans to lose the Senate.”
The Republican Party can either become the Trump party moving forward or go extinct. With cowards like Lankford among the ranks, they may actually choose extinction because they’re that weak.
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