Document Dump: Trump’s Lawyer Files Defamation Suit Re: Steele Dossier

Ken AshfordL'Affaire Russe, Trump & AdministrationLeave a Comment

Michael Cohen, Trump’s (not very good) Roy Cohn, has filed two lawsuits in Manhattan relating to the allegations about him in the Steele Dossier. Both lawsuits assert defamation.

Cohen seems quite adamant that the allegations of his Russian ties and contacts are false. Perhaps they are. But as the lawsuits go, he probably doesn’t have much of a case. Buzzfeed, who published the dossier, acknowledged that the findings in the dossier were unverified by others.  And Fusion GPS didn’t publish them.  Also, the dossier, even if false, is newsworthy.

Furthermore, it opens Michael Cohen up to discovery. That could help Mueller et al.

It should be stressed that Cohen, of necessity, is only challenging the “false” statements relating to HIM. The dossier itself is much longer and contains many more allegations, some of which now appear to be confirmed.

Anyway, the pleadings: