With everything Michael Cohen‘s got on his plate these days, it looks like he’s scaling back his legal battles.
Cohen has decided to drop his libel lawsuits against Buzzfeed and Fusion GPS for their involvement in the highly-controversial Christopher Steele dossier on Donald Trump‘s connection with Russia. This comes shortly after Cohen forcefully denied one of the dossier’s main claims: that he took a trip to Prague in 2016 in order to meet with Russian agents.
“The decision to voluntarily discontinue these cases was a difficult one,” said Cohen attorney David Schwartz in a statement to POLITICO. “We believe the defendants defamed my client, and vindicating Mr. Cohen’s rights was — and still remains — important. But given the events that have unfolded, and the time, attention, and resources needed to prosecute these matters, we have dismissed the matters, despite their merits.”
Cohen has been under increased pressure recently, ever since FBI agents raided his office and confiscated various documents pertaining to his hush money payment to Stormy Daniels. Cohen is facing a lawsuit from the porn actress and federal investigators are currently investigating him for potential bank fraud and campaign finance legal violations.
UPDATE: Buzzfeed released a media statement in reaction to the news
Michael Cohen is dropping his libel lawsuits against BuzzFeed and Fusion GPS over the dossier — here's BuzzFeed's statement pic.twitter.com/xDQY9unJxG
— Brian Stelter (@brianstelter) April 19, 2018
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