Former President Trump filed a lawsuit against The New York Times and his niece, Mary Trump over reporting in his finances and tax records. Trump is seeking no less than $100 million in damages and accused his niece of deliberately breaking a nondisclosure agreement.
The New York Post reports:
“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,” Trump attorney Alina Habba alleges in the 27-page complaint, filed in Dutchess County, New York, Supreme Court.
“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
Times reporters Susanne Craig, David Barstow and Russell Buettner were in an “extensive crusade” to get Trump’s tax records and “relentlessly sought out his niece, Mary L. Trump, and convinced her to smuggle the records out of her attorneys’ office and turn them over to The Times,” the lawsuit claims.
The Times says it will fight Trump’s lawsuit, claiming that the suit is simply an attempt by Trump to silence an independent news organization.
In a statement to liberal news outlet The Daily Beast, Mary Trump slammed her uncle’s lawsuit.
“I think he is a f–king loser, and he is going to throw anything against the wall he can,” Mary said, according to the Beast. “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.”