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Former President Donald Trump has filed a lawsuit against The New York Times, three of its reporters, and his niece—claiming they hatched an “insidious plot” to obtain his private records for a story about his tax history.
The lawsuit, which was filed Tuesday in Dutchess County, New York, alleges that the newspaper convinced Mary Trump to “smuggle records out of her attorney’s office and turn them over to The Times” despite her having signed a confidentiality agreement. The suit demands damages “in an amount to be determined at trial, but believed to be no less than One Hundred Million Dollars” from both Mary Trump and the Times.
While Times reporters David Barstow, Susanne Craig, and Russ Buettner—who won a Pulitzer Prize for Explanatory Reporting in 2019 for their reporting on the former president’s taxes—weren’t party to the agreement Mary Trump signed, the suit cites Mary Trump’s interview with Molly Jong-Fast on The Daily Beast’s The New Abnormal podcast to try and make the case that “their collective efforts in tortiously breaching and/or interfering with his contractual rights and otherwise maliciously conspiring against him” make them liable as well, quoting the following exchange:
Molly Jong-Fast: You were ultimately the source for the tax story.
Mary Trump: Yeah, um, I’m actually really proud of that. But I have to be honest with you, I didn’t even remember I had [the Confidential Records]. It’s entirely down to the brilliant Susanne Craig for, one, reminding me that I had them and, two, so effectively and tenaciously trying to convince—I mean it took her months before I did—so it’s entirely down to her.
“I think he is a fucking loser, and he is going to throw anything against the wall he can,” said Mary Trump of her uncle’s new suit. “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 did not immediately respond to a request for comment about the suit.
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Author: H. A. Goodman