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Michael Cohen drops attempts to sue over Trump dossier

Michael Cohen leaving court
Michael Cohen leaving Federal court with his representatives. Photo: Yana Paskova/Getty Images

Trump lawyer Michael Cohen has withdrawn two libel lawsuits against BuzzFeed and private investigation firm Fusion GPS for the publishing of an alleged dossier detailing President Trump's dealings with Russia, Politico reports.

Why it matters: Dropping the libel cases allows him to avoid discovery and questioning from other attorneys, which could undermine the criminal case he's already in with files and documents already seized by the FBI.