Former President Donald Trump has filed a lawsuit in Dutchess County, New York, against his niece Mary Trump, The New York Times and three of its reporters —claiming they hatched an “insidious plot” to obtain his private records for a story about his tax history, The Daily Beast reported Tuesday evening.
The lawsuit alleges that the newspaper convinced Mary Trump to “smuggle records out of her attorney’s office and turn them over to The Times” despite her having signed a confidentiality agreement. The suit demands damages “in an amount to be determined at trial, but believed to be no less than One Hundred Million Dollars” from both Mary Trump and the Times.
While Times reporters David Barstow, Susanne Craig, and Russ Buettner—who won the Pulitzer Prize for Explanatory Reporting in 2019 for what they revealed about the taxes the former president had refused to disclose—weren’t party to the agreement Mary Trump signed, the suit claims they were “directly responsible.”
Molly Jong-Fast: You were ultimately the source for the tax story.
Responding to the lawsuit, Mary Trump said: “I think he is a fucking loser, and he is going to throw anything against the wall he can. It’s desperation. The walls are closing in and he is throwing anything against the wall that will stick. As is always the case with Donald, he’ll try and change the subject.”
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Read it at The Daily Beast.