BREAKING: Donald Trump sues his niece Mary and New York Times over ‘insidious plot to obtain confidential and highly-sensitive records’ of his tax affairs
- The former president on Tuesday took legal action over his tax records
- He sued his niece Mary and The New York Times in Dutchess County, New York
- Trump claims that there was ‘an insidious plot’ to get hold of his tax records
- He is seeking $200 million in damages from the story, which won a 2019 Pulitzer
- Mary Trump said that her uncle’s lawsuit was ‘desperation’
Donald Trump on Tuesday sued his niece Mary and The New York Times over their reporting on his tax affairs, accusing them of ‘an insidious plot’ to obtain confidential records and seeking an excess of $200 million in damages.
The former president filed his case against Mary, the paper and three of its reporters.
In the suit, reported by The Daily Beast, Trump claims 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.
He is seeking at least $100 million from Mary, and the same amount from the paper.
Donald Trump, pictured at an August 21 rally, on Tuesday sued over the publication of his tax returns
Mary Trump provided The New York Times with her uncle’s financial records
Mary, 56, the daughter of his late brother Fred, laughed off the suit.
‘I think he is a f****** loser, and he is going to throw anything against the wall he can,’ she said.
‘It’s desperation. The walls are closing in and he is throwing anything against the wall that will stick.
Mary Trump said she was ‘really proud’ of handing over the tax records
‘As is always the case with Donald, he’ll try and change the subject.’
Even though The Times did not sign a confidentiality agreement, as Mary did, Trump claims that they too are liable because ‘their collective efforts in tortiously breaching and/or interfering with his contractual rights and otherwise maliciously conspiring against him’ make them liable as well.
Mary Trump in April told a podcast that she was proud of handing his financial records over to the paper.
‘I’m actually really proud of that,’ she said.
‘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.’
The New York Times is yet to respond to Trump’s suit, but is no stranger to his legal threats
The analysis of his tax returns, published in May 2019, challenged his frequent boast of being a brilliant businessman, and showed $1 billion in losses.
The ten years of tax returns, for the years 1985 to 1994, showed $1.17 billion in losses for the decade.
The paper reported that Trump appeared to have lost more money than nearly any other individual American taxpayer.
He lost so much money that he was able to avoid paying income taxes for eight of the 10 years.
The then-president was furious at the publication of the tax documents.
He had long refused to lay bare his tax records, as per all previous presidential candidates – arguing that he was being audited, so it was not possible to do so. Accountants said there was no sense in his argument.