Former President Donald Trump is suing the company of ex-British spy Christopher Steele over the dossier that was used in part to claim that the Trump campaign was colluding with the Russian government.
Trump attorney Hugh Tomlinson told an English judge that the dossier contained false claims that harmed Trump’s reputation and compromised his presidential run, the Epoch Times reported.
The dossier was paid for by Democratic operatives who hired research firm Fusion GPS, which then retained Steele, who curated the documents of uncorroborated claims about Trump.
The dossier contained claims such as that Trump watched Russian prostitutes urinate on a bed in the same hotel room that President Obama had stayed in, with fake videos of the event even surfacing. Other claims included secret meetings with Trump team members and Russian officials, as well as hacking campaigns against the DNC.
A subsequent investigation by Robert Mueller followed, which ultimately ended with Trump facing no charges and which produced the conclusion that the Trump campaign did not collude with the Russian government.
The Trump team sued Orbis Business Intelligence, the company founded by Steele, for an alleged violation of British data protection regulations. The suit also asserts that the dossier “contained shocking and scandalous claims about the personal conduct of President Trump” and that it claimed that he had paid Russian officials.
“This personal data is egregiously inaccurate,” the lawsuit claimed.
According to lawyer Tomlinson, Trump will provide proof in court that will prove that the allegations in the report are not accurate.
“The actions taken in furtherance of their scheme — falsifying evidence, deceiving law enforcement, and exploiting access to highly-sensitive data sources — are so outrageous, subversive and incendiary that even the events of Watergate pale in comparison,” the 108-page lawsuit stated.
Orbis will reportedly seek to have the complaint dismissed on the grounds that the dossier was never intended to be made public. The company argues that it only surfaced because outlet BuzzFeed released it without approval from Orbis or Steele.
The new lawsuit comes after two previous attempts resulted in a High Court judge stating that Steele and his company were not legally liable for the fallout from the dossier’s publication.
Trump had recently been the subject of gag orders during his indictment hearings, once for posting a photo of a court clerk with Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer and again to pre-emptively stop him or his team from publicly sharing any information or statements from court members or witnesses.
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