Donald Trump sues niece Mary Trump, New York Times reporters over disclosure of tax documents

Former President Donald Trump filed a lawsuit in New York state court Tuesday against his niece Mary Trump, as well as several New York Times journalists, for the disclosure of his tax information that was published in several New York Times articles.

Trump’s lawsuitwhich is seekingdamages in an amount to be determined at trial, but believed to be no less than One Hundred Million Dollars” — alleges that Mary Trump’s disclosure of the tax information to the Times amounted to an illegal breach of contract, 除其他要求外, because the disclosure allegedly violated a 2001 settlement agreement among the Trump family.
The former president’s lawsuit also accuses the Timesjournalists oftortious interferencewith the settlement agreement, 除其他要求外, in how theyrelentlessly sought out Mary Trump and intentionally procured her breach of the Settlement Agreement.The TimesSusanne Craig, David Barstow and Russ Buettner are named as defendants.
    The actions of Mary Trump and The Times Defendant were motivated, 至少部分, by their actual malice towards Plaintiff,” the lawsuit alleges. It claims that the Times journalistsunjustly reaped significant personal, professional and/or business-related benefit(s), 包含, 但不限于, monetary gain, 名望, acclaim, 恶名, inflated market valuation, increased revenue, and/or career advancement.
      诉讼, which was filed in Duchess County, was first reported by The Daily Beast.
        在声明中, Mary Trump said: “I think he is a loser, and he is going to throw anything against the wall he can. It’s desperation. The walls are closing in and he is throwing anything against the wall that he thinks will stick. As is always the case with Donald, he’ll try and change the subject.
        在声明中, a spokesperson for the Times said the newspaper’scoverage of Donald Trump’s taxes helped inform citizens through meticulous reporting on a subject of overriding public interest. This lawsuit is an attempt to silence independent news organizations and we plan to vigorously defend against it.
          The three reporters won a Pulitzer Prize for their 18-month investigation of Trump’s finances thatdebunked his claims of self-made wealth and revealed a business empire riddled with tax dodges,” according to the journalism award’s website.
          当时, 唐纳德·特朗普 dismissed the report 有一个 “very old, boring and often told hit piece,” though he did not directly dispute any of its findings. Trump’s lawyer Charles Harder said at the time that “纽约时报’ allegations of fraud and tax evasion are 100 percent false, and highly defamatory,” 根据论文.
          Mary Trumpthe daughter of the former president’s late older brother, Fred Trump Jr. — has been outspoken against her uncle, including penning a book, “Too Much and Never Enough: How My Family Created the World’s Most Dangerous Man,” 在 2020 that painted an unflattering portrait of the Trump family and their financial dealings.
            Mary Trump also revealed in her tell-all book that she was a source for the Timesstory about Donald Trump’s tax returns.
            Donald Trump’s younger brother, Robert Trump, 有 led the effort to try and block the release of their niece’s book by claiming it would violate the terms of the confidential agreement the family reached in litigation after the death of family patriarch Fred Trump.