Trump sues niece, New York Times over 2018 tax report | Donald Trump News
The $ 100 million lawsuit accuses Mary Trump and the New York Times of “insidious conspiracy” to obtain tax records.
Former United States President Donald Trump has filed a $ 100 million lawsuit against his ex-niece Mary Trump and The New York Times newspaper, alleging that they have engaged in “an insidious conspiracy” to get her tax returns for the Pulitzer Prize-winning financial investigation. .
The lawsuit, filed Tuesday in Dutchess County, New York, says New York Times reporters Susanne Craig, David Barstow and Russ Buettner waged “a massive crusade to obtain Donald J’s confidential tax records. Trump ”.
“The defendants engaged in an insidious plot to obtain confidential and highly sensitive documents which they exploited for their own benefit and used as a means of falsely legitimizing their high-profile works,” says the lawsuit, saying they were “motivated by a personal vendetta “.
The New York Times and the three journalists won the Pulitzer in 2019 for their investigation into the finances of the Trump family.
I knocked on Mary Trump’s door. She opened it. I think they call it journalism. @MaryLTrump https://t.co/i04hmblI4n
– Susanne Craig (@susannecraig) September 22, 2021
The newspaper reported that Trump received more than $ 400 million – in modern terms – from his father’s real estate empire, largely through tax fraud schemes.
Mary was the daughter of Trump’s older brother, Fred Trump Jr, who died in 1981 of complications from alcoholism.
In her 2020 unrestricted memoir, Too Much and Never Enough: How My Family Created the World’s Most Dangerous Man, she revealed that she was the primary source of the New York Times investigation.
Trump has repeatedly sought to protect his financial records from public view, even though the disclosure of tax returns has become routine for U.S. presidential candidates.
Tax documents have played a role in several investigations into Trump and his business connections. Most recently, the US Department of Justice ordered the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) to turn Trump’s statements over to a congressional committee.
Trump is also under investigation in New York for tax evasion and other alleged wrongdoing related to the financial activities of his Trump organization.
“I think he’s a loser”
Trump’s 27-page lawsuit claims New York Times reporters “relentlessly searched for her niece, Mary L Trump, and convinced her to take the files out of her attorney’s office and turn them over to the Times.”
Times reporter Craig tweeted early Wednesday: “I knocked on Mary Trump’s door. She opened it. I think they call it journalism.
The lawsuit alleges that by providing information, Mary Trump violated a non-disclosure agreement signed in 2001 after a settlement over the estate of Donald Trump’s father, Fred Trump Sr.
The former president is demanding $ 100 million in damages, as well as all profits from his niece’s book.
In a statement quoted by NBC, Mary Trump said of her uncle: “I think he’s a loser, and he’s going to throw everything against the wall he can.”
“It’s despair. The walls close and he throws everything against the wall he thinks to stick. As is always the case with Donald, he will try to change the subject, ”she said.
A spokeswoman for the New York Times said the newspaper’s coverage “helped educate citizens through meticulous reporting on a matter of major public interest.”
“This lawsuit is an attempt to silence independent news agencies and we plan to vigorously defend against it.”
The current lawsuit focuses only on the 2018 report. It does not address a report from The Times in 2020, which found that the former president had paid no federal income tax in 10 of the 15 years. previous ones.