MIAMI (AP) – Buzzfeed is seeking to force testimony by top U.S. law enforcement and intelligence officials about their knowledge of an unproven dossier on President Donald Trump’s purported activities involving Russia.
Lawyers for the online media outlet say in a motion filed Wednesday in Miami federal court that they need testimony by current and former officials, including former FBI Director James Comey, to defend themselves in a defamation lawsuit brought against the news outlet by a Cyprus businessman. The officials have so far refused. The businessman claims the dossier falsely linked him to Russian hacking.
Buzzfeed attorneys say under the “fair report” privilege of defamation law a news organization cannot be found liable for publishing a document that had become the subject of official government conduct.