former President Donald Trump The New York Times, several of its journalists, and her niece Mary L. Trump were sued on Tuesday after several bombshell reports about his tax records.
The Daily Beast previously reported Court filing Tuesday in Duchess County, New York. The lawsuit alleges that the Times worked with Mary Trump to “smuggle records out of her attorney’s office” as part of an “insidious conspiracy” to obtain her personal files.
show court records That Mary Trump, the Times and three of its journalists who worked on the stories, have been named as defendants: Susan Craig, David Barstow and Russ Buettner (Barstow no longer works at the Times). three journalists won the Pulitzer Prize For explanatory reporting in 2019 for their work Investigating the long history of Trump and his business Using questionable tax schemes to avoid paying millions of dollars to the government.
The suit names Mary Trump partly because she signed a nondisclosure agreement in 2001, although a previous suit related to that document. Declared the agreement too vague To stop him from writing a book about his uncle.
Trump is seeking at least $100 million in damages.
The former president broke a long-standing precedent during his tenure in the White House by refusing to make his tax returns public and filing several legal challenges to prevent his release. However, they are close to having a return in the hands of Congress there are more already with prosecutors At the Manhattan District Attorney’s office. The DA’s office has spent months investigating possible fraud by Trump and his company, although no charges have been filed.
Mary Trump told the Daily Beast on Tuesday that the suit was an act of “desperation,” using a few choice words to declare her uncle was “throwing anything against the wall that would stick.”
“I think he’s a fucking loser,” she told the news site. “As is always the case with Donald, he will try to change the subject.”