Fusion GPS ordered to answer questions about Steele dossier in Buzzfeed defamation lawsuit
Representatives of Fusion GPS must answer a broad array of questions about the opposition research firm’s role in creating, investigating and disseminating the infamous Steele dossier, a federal judge ruled.Several others should have an interest in this case to dig out the facts behind the discredited dossier used to attack the Trump campaign.
U.S. District Court Judge Ursula Ungaro issued the decision Tuesday in a defamation lawsuit a Russian tech executive filed against BuzzFeed News, which published the dossier on Jan. 10, 2017.
The trial is scheduled to begin in Miami in November.
Ungaro ruled that attorneys for the executive, Aleksej Gubarev, can ask Fusion GPS representatives in a deposition about the firm’s dossier clients, its efforts to verify the dossier, its decision to hire dossier author Christopher Steele and its interactions with government officials and media outlets, including BuzzFeed. (RELATED: Russian Suing BuzzFeed Over Dossier Calls Mueller Indictments An ‘Utter Vindication’)