(Washington Examiner) Political research firm Fusion GPS will have to give a deposition in the lawsuit brought by a Russian technology executive against BuzzFeed and British former spy Christopher Steele regarding the Trump dossier, according to reports.
Fox News reported U.S. District Judge Ursula Ungaro ruled Thursday that the firm, which had hired Steele to work on the controversial dossier, had to answer questions about what direction it had given Steele. The judge rejected Fusion GPS’ claims that a deposition would impinge on its First Amendment rights and require it to disclose confidential business relationships, according to a copy of the ruling published by Fox News.
The ruling is part of a lawsuit filed earlier this year against BuzzFeed and Steele by Aleksej Gubarev. Gubarev claims his companies, Webzilla and XBT Holdings, were defamed by the publication of the dossier, which BuzzFeed published in full despite acknowledging that much of the information it contained could not be verified. The unverified dossier alleges that XBT used “botnets and porn traffic to transmit viruses, plant bugs, steal data and conduct ‘altering operations’ against the Democratic Party leadership” during the 2016 campaign.