Former President Donald Trump is suing his niece and The New York Times for $100 million in what he claims was “an insidious conspiracy” to obtain her tax records.
Lawsuit filed in New York State Supreme Court Duchess County alleges that Times reporters “made a relentless search” to “perceive her niece, Mary L. Trump” to retrieve the former president’s tax records from her attorney’s office.
Three Times journalists are named in the lawsuit: Susan Craig, David Barstow and Russell Buettner. In 2019, he won the Pulitzer Prize for himself 18 month check What the judges said in Trump’s finances “Dismissed his claims of self-created wealth and uncovered a business empire replete with tax evasion.”
Trump claimed in the lawsuit that his niece revealed herself to be the source of documents that were critical to Times reporting in his 2020 book “Too Much and Never Enough: How My Family Created the World’s Most Dangerous Man.” Were.
Those documents were handed over to Trump’s father, Fred C. The settlement was held after Trump’s estate was held in the office of Mary Trump’s attorney, who died in 1999. The lawsuit claims that Mary Trump violated a confidentiality agreement by providing the documents to journalists.
The lawsuit alleges that Times reporters prompted Mary Trump to breach that agreement, helping what it describes as a “horror report.”
“The Times’ coverage of Donald Trump’s taxes helped inform citizens through careful reporting on a topic of overriding public interest,” Times spokeswoman Danielle Rhodes Ha said in an email to USA Today. “This lawsuit is an attempt to silence independent news organizations. And we plan to vigorously defend against it.”
Trump’s taxes have been a source of questions since the early days of his 2016 presidential campaign. He broke tradition among the party’s leading candidates and did not disclose his tax returns, claiming he could not release them due to an audit.
2019 Times story showed how Fred Trump used tax avoidance in some cases to provide $413 million to his son, and challenged the former president’s claims of self-created wealth.
Mary Trump could not be immediately reached for comment.