Last week another attorney working for Trump personally, Charles Harder, sent a cease and desist letter to the publisher and author of the new book "Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House", seeking to stop further distribution.
He said at the time BuzzFeed published the dossier on January 10, 2017, they knew it had been written by Christopher Steele, the former head of the Russian Federation desk for British intelligence, and that then-Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) and Senate Armed Services Committee Chairman John McCain (R-AZ) had "acted" on its contents.
The longtime personal lawyer for President Donald Trump has filed a defamation lawsuit against BuzzFeed for publishing an unverified dossier of allegations about Trump's presidential campaign and Russian Federation.
Cohen filed a defamation lawsuit against Buzzfeed and the research firm that produced the Russian dossier - Fusion GPS and founder Glenn Simpson - for releasing the 35-page document which he claims made false allegations against him, CNN reports.
Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-Fla.) said Wednesday that new revelations about the infamous Trump dossier raise more questions about anti-Trump bias in the Justice Department and Federal Bureau of Investigation. It was presented to two successive presidents, and has been described in detail by news outlets around the world. He provided the complaint and a confirmation email from the court system that he had filed the suit to Bloomberg News, but it could not immediately be independently confirmed that the suit had been filed. Its interest to the public is obvious.
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". "Why waste time talking about something that's not legitimate", he said.
While Mr. Trump's camp dismiss the dossier as malicious fiction or pure political opportunism, some elements have been corroborated.
In October, The Washington Post reported the Clinton campaign and the Democratic National Committee (DNC) had helped fund Fusion GPS' research on Trump's alleged ties with Russian Federation. Trump has said he expects Mueller to be fair to him and that he and his campaign never colluded with the Russian government.
The document has become a focus of Republican-led investigations into Russian meddling in the 2016 election.
Fusion GPS was originally hired to do research during the 2016 Republican primary campaign for a still unknown Republican donor who wanted to defeat Trump.
"We strongly believed that publishing the disputed document whose existence we and others were reporting was in the public interest", he wrote in an op-ed article in The New York Times. Australian officials then passed the information to their American counterparts, the Times reported.