A combination of former US President Donald Trump (left) and his niece Mary Trump (right).
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Former President Donald Trump has filed a lawsuit against his niece, Mary Trump, as well as the New York Times and three of its reporters, alleging a “fraudulent conspiracy” to obtain and publish their tax records.
The lawsuit, filed Tuesday, alleges that these reporters, Susan Craig, David Barstow and Russell Buettner, “relentlessly” tracked down Mary Trump in hopes of securing confidential records in a legal dispute from the Trump family there. years ago. Was.
The lawsuit claims reporters convinced Mary Trump to “get files out of her attorney’s office and turn them over to The Times.”
The lawsuit was filed in the New York Supreme Court in Duchess County.
A spokeswoman for the New York Times said in a statement: “The Times has helped educate citizens through in-depth reporting on a matter of public interest beyond Donald Trump’s tax coverage. “This lawsuit is an attempt to silence independent news agencies and we plan to vigorously defend against it.”
A spokeswoman for Mary Trump did not immediately comment on the lawsuit. But the Daily Beast told him about his uncle and his trial: “I think he’s a loser, and he’s going to throw everything against the wall.”
As the Daily Beast reports, Mary Trump said, “This is desperation. The walls come loose and he throws everything against the wall which will stick. As is always the case with Donald, he will try to submit. will change. “
The lawsuit alleges that the newspaper’s use of anonymous sources and the decision to communicate with Mary Trump via “burner phones” left the defendants “well aware that their actions were wrong.”
He wants a reward of at least $ 100 million, an amount that Trump’s lawsuit has caused damage as a result of The Times’ actions.
“There is more to come, including more and fake media,” Trump said in a statement shared with CNBC through a spokesperson.
According to the complaint, Mary Trump revealed in her book “Too Much and Never Enough” last year that she had provided documents to The Times, and Susan Craig, a reporter, provided her with a burner phone.
“I didn’t really understand how much I was taking risks,” Mary Trump wrote in the book. “If anyone in my family found out what I was going through, it would have consequences – I knew how vindictive they were – but there was no way to predict how dire the consequences could be.”
The lawsuit alleges that the removal of confidential documents by Mary Trump, which belonged to her grandfather and Donald Trump’s father, Fred C., was part of the dispute over Trump’s desire that the settlement violated the terms of the OK. He accuses Times reporters of being “directly responsible” for the violation.
At the end of 2018, the Times ran a long article saying that Trump “participated in questionable tax schemes during the 1990s, including cases of outright fraud, thereby increasing the fortune he received from his parents.” . has grown a lot.
The article was based on “a vast mine of confidential tax returns and financial records,” he said.
Craig, Barstow and Buettner received the Pulitzer Prize for their investigation.