Former US President Donald Trump sued his niece, Mary Trump, the New York Times and three of its reporters over the 2018 story in his tax records, arguing that they “engaged in a malicious conspiracy” to gain access to the records and were motivated by personal revenge, according to official documents.
The lawsuit, filed in Dutchess County, New York, specifically named Times reporters Susan Craig, David Barstow, and Russell Buettner, who together published a series in 2018 based on Trump’s classified tax and financial records, which the former president refused to make public. For years, reports have revealed that Trump made at least $413 million from his real estate empire.
Trump noted in his lawsuit that even though his niece had signed a confidentiality agreement in 2001, New York Times reporters had persuaded her to “smuggle the records and turn them over to them.”
According to Trump’s lawsuit, Mary attempted to capitalize on her receipt of the classified record by publishing various news articles, while also engaging in what he called a “misguided effort to capitalize on these same events.” By publishing her memoir, Too Much and Never Enough: How My Family Created the World’s Most Dangerous Man.
It is reported that the publication of Mary Trump’s book was prevented by federal court order last year under the confidentiality agreement signed in 2001 with other family members, and the book’s publisher was not among these individuals, so it is not subject to the agreement, but Trump argued in the newly filed lawsuit that Mary committed a breach of the settlement agreement by disclosing, assisting in, and/or making available to the New York Times confidential information.
According to the report, Trump wrote in the complaint that he was seeking damages from the defendants totaling “at least $100 million.”