Saturday, July 1, 2017

BuzzFeed Subpoenas Feds for Info

The online media outlet sent formal demands Thursday to the CIA, the FBI and the Office of the Director of National Intelligence, seeking details on the distribution of an unverified intelligence dossier about Trump said to have been in the possession of Russian intelligence during last year’s presidential campaign, POLITICO has learned.

That's right. The pee tapes dossier.
BuzzFeed issued the demands for documents and testimony in connection with a libel suit the site is facing from Russian technology executive Aleksej Gubarev over BuzzFeed’s decision to publish the salacious intelligence dossier in its entirety in January.

Gubarev and two of his companies were mentioned in the document the website put online. Claiming that the references were inaccurate and defamatory, Gubarev and the firms filed suit in February in a county court in Florida, naming as defendants BuzzFeed and its editor-in-chief Ben Smith.


At about the same time the suit was filed, BuzzFeed blacked out from the document Gubarev’s name and the names of his firms. However, the dossier had already been posted for several weeks in unredacted form.


“As a practical matter, most of the time, if all you’re seeking are documents, there’s no that much difference between FOIA and a subpoena except you can get a judge involved more quickly. ... A subpoena doesn’t guarantee you anything.”
But I'm still waiting for this shoe to drop:

Not sure how you can tarnish the president at this point, as there isn't a clean spot on him.

I'm thinking it would have been wiser for Trump to divest himself of all Trump properties in any way, shape or form, including receiving any profits from them or having them in his childrens' names.  And he may well wish he had before this is all over.

...but hey, do what you will anyway.

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