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Former President Donald Trump has sued The New York Times and his niece, Mary Trump, for “conspiring” to obtain information about his family and his tax returns and expose it in a report published by the newspaper in 2018.
The lawsuit, delivered Tuesday in a New York state court, denounces the “crusade” against him by a group of journalists who convinced the former president’s niece to “clandestinely remove” confidential files from his lawyers’ office and deliver them to the media.
“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’s defense states in the lawsuit.
The newspaper published a lengthy story in 2018 based on “tax returns and financial records” supplied, in part, by Trump’s niece.
The authors of the story, who curiously won a Pulitzer Prize for that work, are named in the lawsuit.
For her part, Mary Trump, who published a book in 2020 about the then-president and his family, in which she identified herself as the source of the story in question, is accused of having breached a confidentiality agreement.
“The defendants’ actions were motivated by a personal vendetta” against him and a desire to push a political agenda,” Trump’s complaint states.
The former president is claiming $100 million in damages from the defendants and is also seeking payments for income earned by The New York Times in connection with the story and for profits from his niece’s book.