Trump sues his niece and NYT for $100m alleging ‘insidious plot’ to reveal his taxes

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Donald Trump has filed a $100mn (£73.2mn) lawsuit against his niece Mary Trump new York Times (NYT), and three of its reporters discuss the 2019 Pulitzer Prize-winning story on their tax records.

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The lawsuit states that he hatched a “fraudulent conspiracy” to obtain his undeclared finances “which he exploited to his advantage and used as a means to unfairly legitimize his publicized works.”

The story detailed allegations of Mr Trump’s involvement in “suspicious tax schemes”.


While the former president said he received almost no financial help from his father, Fred C Trump, the paper’s 2018 investigation revealed that he received the equivalent of at least $413mn (£302.5mn) from senior Trump’s real estate empire. done, rejected their claim of being. A self-made billionaire.

The report states that a lot of the money came because she helped her parents evade taxes.

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The complaint, filed in Duchess County, New York, said Mr Trump’s niece signed the confidentiality agreement in 2001 after a legal challenge to her grandfather’s will, Now Journalists Susan Craig, David Barstow and Russell Buettner “relentlessly sought out Ms Trump” and “convinced her to smuggle records out of her attorney’s office” and shared them with them.

claimed in the lawsuit Now Attempted to capitalize on the receipt of confidential records through publication of various news articles.

Mr Trump claimed his niece was also involved in “a false attempt to profit from these similar incidents” by publishing her memoir. Too Much and Never Enough: How My Family Created the World’s Most Dangerous Man.

After a legal challenge from Mr Trump’s brother, Robert Trump, in 2020 a judge allowed the book’s publication, saying the non-disclosure agreement signed in 2001 was “too vague” and that publisher Simon & Schuster was not a “party”. for agreement. “

The former president claimed in his Tuesday lawsuit that “in clear and blatant breach of the settlement agreement, Mary Trump altered the confidential record (sic)” Now from reporters.

It added that, at the time, journalists were also aware of the existence of the settlement agreement and the confidentiality provision.

He said the article received a record-breaking amount of attention “more frequently than any previous article” in the newspaper’s history, with its stock rising 7.4 percent during the week of publication.

Mr Trump, who, unlike other presidents, refused to make his tax records public, said in the lawsuit that he suffered “not less than one hundred million dollars” as a result of the alleged actions.

The Daily Beast first reported the story of the lawsuit. In response to the legal action, Ms Trump told the news portal that she thought her uncle was a “f***ing loser, and he was going to throw anything against the wall.”

“It’s desperation,” she said. “The walls are coming off and he’s throwing anything against the wall that will stick.”

“As is always the case with Donald, he will try to change the subject.”

a spokesperson for Now said that his coverage of Mr. Trump’s taxes helped “inform citizens through careful reporting on the subject of overriding the public interest. This lawsuit is an attempt to silence independent news organizations and we are vigorously against it.” planning to defend.”


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