There is going to be a lot of media coverage on Trump dossier / Buzzfeed / Fusion GPS / Congressional Investigation. It is way more than this subject deserves. So why would I want to add to it? I’ve already posted one blog, with the conclusion that the media in general, has shown incredible restraint in not making the dossier public because the sources of the information were not revealed in the dossier and salacious information on Donald Trump could not be confirmed.
The Trump Dossier could not have affected the elections because the details had not been made public until January 11, 2017 when Buzzfeed decided to post it on the internet as they have the legal right to under the First Amendment of free speech. As I reported earlier, they were sued one month later, as follows:
Aleksej Gubarev, chief of technology company XBT and a figure mentioned in the dossier, sued BuzzFeed for defamation on February 3, 2017.
Today, Michael Cohen, who is one of Donald Trump’s personal lawyer, filed lawsuits against Buzzfeed and Fusion GPS for defaming him. Why now and not a year ago when the Trump dossier was first posted on the internet. The lawsuits are frivolous and will go nowhere. There is just a one year limit on filing lawsuits after material has been published. Michael Cohen has strongly denied a visit to Prague in the summer of 2016 and offered a copy of his passport as proof. However if is possible his passport would not be stamped if he entered by way of other EU countries. However, for those who like to believe the whole Russian scandal is one big witch hunt, and the Democrats did stuff far worse, these lawsuits give Michael Cohen free air time, particularly on Fox News, which is something his boss (Donald Trump) will appreciate.
— There are way too many links on this topic to list here. One is a bit misleading, from the New York Times, entitled “I’m Proud We Published the Russian-Trump Dossier” however if you click on the link, the “We” refers to Buzzfeed, and not the New York Times. It is written by Ben Smith, CEO of Buzzfeed, and is offered an independent opinion piece. All the mainstream media (CNN, Washington Post, New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and many others) and conservative focused media outlets, including Fox News refused to publish the dossier in either print or electronic form. I believe it is to their credit, that they refuse publication because several of the allegations have no corroboration.