Former President Donald Trump filed a lawsuit Tuesday against The New York Times, several of its reporters, and his niece, Mary Trump, alleging they conspired an "insidious plot" to get copies of his records to report on his taxes.
Filed Tuesday in Dutchess County, New York, the lawsuit accuses the newspaper of pressuring Mary to “smuggle records out of her attorney’s office and turn them over to The Times.” Legal documents said Mary had signed a binding confidentiality agreement, the Daily Beast reported.
Donald Trump is demanding Mary Trump and The New York Times compensate him a minimum of $100 million.
Times reporters David Barstow, Susanne Craig, and Russ Buettner won a Pulitzer Prize in 2019 for their coverage of Trump’s tax history.
The lawsuit points to Mary Trump’s interview with The Daily Beast, where host Molly Jong-Fast questioned if she was “ultimately the source for the tax story.”
“I’m actually really proud of that. But I have to be honest with you, I didn’t even remember I had [the documents],” Mary Trump told Jong-Fast on The New Abnormal podcast. Trump said reporter Susanne Craig reminded her that she had the confidential paperwork in her possession.
“[Craig] effectively and tenaciously [was] trying to convince,” Mary added. “I mean it took her months before I did.”
Donald Trump sued his niece shortly after the release of her tell-all book "Too Much and Never Enough: How My Family Created the World’s Most Dangerous Man" last year. Mary previously said, “Donald helped by suing me.” The book sold a million copies on its first day.
Asked about the new lawsuit, Mary Trump described her uncle as desperate.
“I think he is a f*****g loser, and he is going to throw anything against the wall he can,” she exclaimed. “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.”
The Times has not responded to the Daily Beast’s requests for comment.
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