Former President Trump filed has filed suit against his niece, Mary Trump, and The New York Times in a $100 million suit centered around claims about his 2018 taxes.
According to Fox News, the former president is claiming that the persons in question are guilty of “tortiously breaching and/or interfering with his contractual rights and otherwise maliciously conspiring against him.”
Donald Trump has been surrounded by controversy, but none as notorious as that of his own family member claiming that she has the inside track on details about Donald Trump and his immediate family.
“The defendants engaged in an insidious plot to obtain confidential and highly-sensitive records which they exploited for their own benefit and utilized as a means of falsely legitimizing their publicized works,” the suit states.
“The defendants’ actions were motivated by a personal vendetta and their desire to gain fame, notoriety, acclaim and a financial windfall and were further intended to advance their political agenda,” the suit went on in its Dutchess County New York filing.
In addition to the former president’s niece and the Times, the paper’s reporters David Barstow, Susanne Craig and Russ Buettner were named specifically.
The reporters earned a Pulitzer Prize in 2019 for their “explanatory reporting” into the Trump family’s net worth, reporting that came from tax documents obtained during their research with Mary Trump.
Donald Trump alleges the journalists were in the middle of an extensive crusade to obtain” his “confidential tax records” and that Mary Trump was convinced to “smuggle the records out of her attorney’s office and turn them over” to the paper.
The suit alleges that Mary Trump not only had access to tens of thousands of confidential documents but that the reporters sought her for her connection to Trump.
A spokesperson for the times told Fox News “The Times’s coverage of Donald Trump’s taxes helped inform citizens through meticulous reporting on a subject of overriding public interest. This lawsuit is an attempt to silence independent news organizations and we plan to vigorously defend against it.”