President TrumpDonald TrumpYoungkin ad features mother who pushed to have 'Beloved' banned from son's curriculum White House rejects latest Trump claim of executive privilege Democrats say GOP lawmakers implicated in Jan. 6 should be expelled MORE’s personal lawyer, Michael Cohen, has dropped his libel lawsuit against Fusion GPS and BuzzFeed, Cohen's attorney, David Schwartz, told Politico.
Cohen moved to not continue with the cases late Wednesday after suing the political research firm and publication for defamation earlier this year, Schwartz said.
"The decision to voluntarily discontinue these cases was a difficult one," Schwartz told the news outlet.
"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,” he added.
Cohen had sued the two entities in January over claims made about him in the so-called Steele dossier of opposition research against Trump.
The document, compiled by former British intelligence officer Christopher Steele, made unverified claims that Cohen had suspicious ties to Russian figures.
Fusion GPS was the firm behind the dossier, and BuzzFeed published the document shortly before Trump’s inauguration last year.
Cohen is entangled in the legal case surrounding records seized from his office and hotel room during an FBI raid last week.