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Michael Cohen, the embattled lawyer for President Donald Trump, has dropped his lawsuit against BuzzFeed for publishing a dossier with rude allegations about the president
Cohen has parts of the dossier, a 35-page document The former British intelligence agent Christopher Steele, in which he is mentioned, in particular details of his wife and father, denied and claimed that Cohen had traveled to Prague. 1
A recent McClatchy report said that Robert Mueller, the special adviser to Russia's intervention in the 2016 US election, found evidence that Cohen traveled to Prague.
Cohen filed the lawsuit in New York in January, claiming that the "completely and totally false" allegations in the dossier had damaged his reputation.
Cohen's attorney David Schwartz, a lawyer filed Wednesday, announced that the lawsuit against Buzzfeed and four of his associates had been dropped. Cohen also dropped a separate lawsuit against Fusion GPS, the political research firm Steele commissioned to compile the dossier, according to various news reports.
Matt Mittenthal, Communications Director for BuzzFeed News, said in a statement that the suit never had
"The lawsuits against BuzzFeed over the Steele dossier were never the merits of our decision to publish it," Mittenthal wrote ,
Cohen did not immediately return a request for comment.
BuzzFeed is also facing a lawsuit filed by owners of a Russian bank on the dossier
BuzzFeed released the dossier in January 2017 and noted at the time that the allegations in the document were not proven. However, the release of the dossier sparked controversy and fueled speculation about Trump's ties to Russia.