Former US President Donald Trump filed a lawsuit against Mary Trump, his niece, and the New York Times, accusing them of a “Devious plot” to obtain its tax documents and publish a survey in 2018 for which the daily was awarded a Pulitzer Prize the following year.
The 27-page lawsuit, estimating the damage suffered at $ 100 million, was filed in Dutchess County, New York, on Tuesday. Mr. Trump accuses three journalists of the New York Times, Susanne Craig, David Barstow and Russell Buettner, for leading “A vast crusade to obtain confidential tax files from Donald John Trump”. He reproaches the accused, “Motivated by a personal vendetta”, “A devious plot to obtain confidential and highly sensitive documents which they have exploited for their own benefit and used as a means of legitimizing their published works”.
The investigation of New York Times spoke of how the former promoter, who claims to have made himself alone, had built his fortune. She assured that Mr. Trump had received from his father, over several years, the equivalent of current $ 413 million which would have been partly transferred through a shell company, allowing them to evade tax . Donald Trump estimated the article “Dependent” and qualified its content as” boring “ and ” already seen “. Its publication had nevertheless led to the opening of an investigation by the New York State tax authorities.
“He will try and then change the subject”
In August, the Justice Department also ordered the Treasury to provide tax returns from the ex-Republican president demanded by a House of Representatives committee, over the six years before he came to power (in 2017) . Mary Trump has revealed that she was the primary source of the New York Times, in his book published in 2020, Too Much and Never Enough: How My Family Created the World’s Most Dangerous Man (Too much and never enough, published by Albin Michel).
His father, Donald Trump’s older brother, Fred Trump Jr, died in 1981 at the age of 42 of a heart attack his family linked to alcoholism from which he had suffered for more than ten years, having pain lived the family pressure pushing him to work alongside his father in real estate development when he wanted to become a pilot. Donald Trump’s complaint claims that journalists from the New York Times have “Relentlessly pursued her niece, Mary L. Trump, and convinced her to remove the files from her attorney’s office and [de] hand them over to New York Times “.
“I knocked on Mary Trump’s door. She opened it. I think we call it journalism ”, tweeted reporter Susan Craig, Wednesday morning. The complaint alleges that Mary Trump violated a non-disclosure agreement signed in 2001 following the settlement of the estate of Donald Trump’s father, Fred Trump Sr. Mary Trump called her uncle “Loser”, in a statement cited by NBC. “It’s panic (…). As always with Donald, he will try and then change the subject ”, she added