- The former president took legal action on his tax records on Tuesday
- The 1985–94 record showed a loss of over $1 billion from his business.
- Trump was furious at sabotaging his carefully crafted business image
- He sued his niece Mary and The New York Times in Duchess County, New York
- Trump claims there was ‘an insidious conspiracy’ to get hold of his tax records
- He is seeking $100 million in damages from the story, which won the 2019 Pulitzer
- Mary Trump said her uncle’s lawsuit was ‘desperation’
Donald Trump on Tuesday sued his niece Mary and The New York Times for reporting on their tax matters, accusing them of ‘an insidious conspiracy’ to obtain confidential records and seeking more than $100 million in damages demanded.
The former president filed his case against Mary, the newspaper, and three of its journalists.
in suit, reported by The Daily Beast, Trump claims the newspaper persuaded Mary Trump to ‘smuggle records out of her attorney’s office and hand them over to the Times’ despite signing a confidentiality agreement.
She signed the agreement in 2001 after settling a contentious legal battle over the will of Frederick Trump – Donald’s father and his grandfather.
Trump is seeking damages ‘in an amount to be determined at trial, but believed to be not less than one hundred million dollars’.
The lawsuit states: ‘The defendants were involved in an insidious conspiracy to obtain confidential and highly sensitive records, which they exploited to their advantage and as a means to falsely legitimize their publicized works.
The ‘defendant’ actions were motivated by a personal vendetta and their desire to gain fame, notoriety, acclaim and a financial advantage and were intended to further their political agenda.
Donald Trump sued over the publication of his tax return on Tuesday, pictured in September 2020
Mary Trump Provides Her Uncle’s Financial Records to The New York Times
Mary, 56, the daughter of her late brother Fred, laughed from the suit.
“I think he’s a ****** loser, and he’s going to throw anything against the wall,” she said.
‘It’s desperation. The walls are closing in and he’s throwing anything against the wall that will stick.
Mary Trump says she’s ‘really proud’ to hand over tax records
‘As is always the case with Donald, he will try and change the subject.’
Even though The Times did not sign the confidentiality agreement, as Mary did, Trump claims they are also liable because of ‘their acts of cruelty infringing and/or interfering with their contractual rights and otherwise perpetrating malicious conspiracy against them’. Collective effort’ also make them accountable. .
Mary Trump said in a podcast in April that she was proud to put her financial records on paper.
‘I’m really proud of that,’ she said.
‘But I have to be honest with you, I didn’t even remember I had it’ [the Confidential Records].
‘It’s down to the utterly brilliant Susan Craig, one, reminding me that I had and, two, trying to explain so effectively and convincingly – I mean before I had to It took him months – so it’s completely down to him.’
The New York Times has yet to respond to Trump’s lawsuit, but is no stranger to his legal threats
analysis of their tax returns, published In May 2019, challenged his persistent pride of being a brilliant businessman, and showed a loss of $1 billion.
In ten years of tax returns for the years 1985 to 1994, the loss for the decade was $1.17 billion.
The newspaper reported that Trump appears to have lost more money than almost any other American taxpayer.
He lost so much money that he was able to avoid paying income tax for eight out of 10 years.
The then President was furious over the publication of tax documents.
As with all previous presidential candidates, he had long refused to make his tax records public – arguing that they were being audited so it was not possible to do so. The accountants said that there was no point in their argument.
Mary Trump published a damning account of her life as a family member in July 2020
A year after handing over the damaging documents, Mary, a trained psychologist, then published an entire book about her family, titled Too Much and Never Enough: How My Family Created the World’s Most Dangerous Man.
The book sold over 1.35 million copies in its first week, and in August it published a post-Trump follow-up called The Reckoning.
He has also filed a lawsuit against his uncle, accusing him and his two siblings of betraying their inheritance. The matter is pending.