Donald Trump wants to give evidence in a London court to prove claims Russia supported his 2016 election campaign are false, the former U.S. president’s lawyers said on Monday as he bid to continue his case against a British private investigations firm.
Trump, the frontrunner for the 2024 Republican presidential nomination, is suing Orbis Business Intelligence for alleged data protection breaches over a dossier written by former British intelligence officer Christopher Steele.
The Steele dossier, which was published by the BuzzFeed website in 2017, made allegations about ties between Trump’s campaign and Russia, and said Trump engaged in “perverted sexual acts”.
Trump’s lawyer Hugh Tomlinson told the court the former president wanted to prove that the “shocking and scandalous claims” in the Steele dossier were false and “intends to discharge that burden by giving evidence in this court”.
Orbis’ lawyers argue that Trump’s lawsuit should be thrown out of court. Antony White said in court filings that the dossier was never intended to be made public.