Trump Sues New York Times Over Tax Bombshells, Seeks 'No Less' Than $100 Million

Former President Donald Trump sued the New York Times, several of its reporters and his niece Mary L. Trump Tuesday after a series of bomb reports on his tax records.
The Daily Beast first reported on the judicial record in Dutchess County, New York on Tuesday. The lawsuit alleges that the Times worked with Mary Trump to "smuggle files out of their law firm" to obtain his private files as part of an "insidious conspiracy".
Court records show that Mary Trump, the Times, and three of their reporters who worked on the stories are named as defendants: Susanne Craig, David Barstow and Russ Büttner (Barstow no longer works for the Times). The three journalists won a 2019 Pulitzer Prize for explanatory reporting for their work examining Trump and his companies in the long history of using suspicious tax systems to avoid paying millions of dollars to the government.
The lawsuit names Mary Trump in part because she signed a nondisclosure agreement in 2001, though a previous lawsuit related to that document explained the agreement too vaguely to prevent her from writing a book about her uncle.
Trump is demanding no less than $ 100 million in damages.
The former president broke a long-standing precedent during his tenure at the White House by refusing to publish his tax returns and filing many legal actions to prevent their release. However, those returns are more likely in the hands of Congress and are already with the attorneys in the Manhattan Attorney's Office. The prosecutor's office has spent months investigating possible fraud by Trump and his company despite no charges.
Mary Trump told the Daily Beast on Tuesday that the lawsuit was an act of "desperation" and, in a few exquisite words, stated that her uncle would "throw anything that sticks against the wall."
"I think he's a fucking loser," she told the news site. "As always with Donald, he'll try to change the subject."
This article originally appeared on HuffPost and has been updated.
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