Donald Trump sues niece, New York Times for $100million over Pulitzer-winning tax story

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Former US President Donald Trump on Tuesday filed a $100 million lawsuit against his estranged niece Mary Trump and The New York Times, alleging they engaged in “an insidious plot” to obtain his tax returns fort eh paper’s Pulitzer Prize-winning investigation of his finances.

The lawsuit, filed in Dutchess County, New York State, said that New York Times reporters Susanne Craige, David Barstow and Russ Buettner conducted  “an extensive crusade to obtain Donald J Trump’s confidential tax records.”

“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,” the lawsuit said, alleging they were “motivated by a personal vendetta.

The publication and the three journalists won the Pulitzeer in 2019 for their investigation of the Trump family’s finances, which the Pulitzer Prize Board said “debunked his claims of self-made wealth and revealed a business empire riddled with tax dodges.”

The newspaper’s story alleged that Trump had received more than $400 million in today’s terms from his father’s real estate empire, much of it though fraudulent tax schemes.

In her 2020 memoir “Too Much and Never Enough: How My Family Created the World’s Most Dangerous Man”, Mary Trump revealed that she was the primary source for the New York Times investigation.

Trump’s 27-page lawsuit asserts that the New York Times reporters “relentlessly sought out his niece, Mary L Trump, and convinced her to smuggle the records out of her attorney’s office and turn them over to The Times.”

The lawsuit alleges that, by providing information, Mary was in violation of a non-disclosure agreement signed in 2001 after a settlement over the estate of Donald Trump’s father, Fred Trump Sr.

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