FORMER President Donald Trump has filed a lawsuit against The New York Times, three of its reporters and his niece, Mary Trump – who then dubbed her uncle a "f***ing loser."
Trump is claiming the publication, its reporters and his niece hatched an "insidious plot" to obtain private records as part of a story about his tax dealings.
According to the Daily Beast, the suit was filed Tuesday in Dutchess County, New York, and alleges that the newspaper convinced Mary Trump to “smuggle records out of her attorney’s office and turn them over to The Times” despite signing a confidentiality agreement.
The suit is demanding damages from both The Times and Mary Trump, which, it says, should be “in an amount to be determined at trial, but believed to be no less than One Hundred Million Dollars.”
The three reporters named in the suit – David Barstow, Susanne Craig, and Russ Buettner – won the Pulitzer Prize for or Explanatory Reporting in 2019, when they revealed information about Trump's taxes that the former president would not disclose.
While the three were not party to the agreement Mary Trump signed, the suit alleges that they were "directly responsible" and were "motivated, at least in part, by their actual malice" toward Trump.
In response, Mary Trump said: "I think he is a fucking 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 will stick. As is always the case with Donald, he’ll try and change the subject."
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