Former President Donald Trump filed a lawsuit in New York state court on Tuesday against his niece, Mary Trump, as well as several New York Times journalists, over the bombshell report that was published nearly a year ago that discloses his tax information. CNN reports that the lawsuit seeks “damages in an amount to be determined at trial, but believed to be no less than One Hundred Million Dollars.” The lawsuit alleges that the twice-impeached one-term president’s niece violated a 2001 settlement agreement among the Trump family.
According to The Daily Beast, the former president claims there was an “insidious plot to obtain confidential and highly sensitive records.” The outlet also reported Mary Trump’s response to her uncle’s lawsuit, and she didn’t hold back.
“I think he is a fucking loser, and he is going to throw anything against the wall he can,” Mary Trump said of her uncle’s new suit. “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.”
“Mary Trump… released a statement tonight that says…” pic.twitter.com/pBMeJwYeRv
— Acyn (@Acyn) September 22, 2021
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A spokesperson for the New York Times told the outlet on Tuesday night that “The Times’ coverage of Donald Trump’s taxes helped inform citizens through meticulous reporting on a subject of overriding public interest. This lawsuit is an attempt to silence independent news organizations and we plan to vigorously defend against it.”
As it happens, Mary Trump filed a lawsuit last year against her uncle.
“Shortly after Mary Trump’s book was published, she sued then-President Donald Trump; his sister, retired federal appeals court Judge Maryanne Trump Barry; and the executor of the estates of his brother Robert Trump, who’d died months earlier, accusing them of allegedly stealing millions of dollars from her after the 1981 death of her father, Frederick Trump Jr.,” the report states.
“For Donald J. Trump, his sister Maryanne, and their late brother Robert, fraud was not just the family business—it was a way of life,” her lawsuit states. “All told, they fleeced her of tens of millions of dollars or more.”
Mary Trump responded to New York Times’s Susanne Craig on Twitter:
Yes. Yes, they do.
— Mary L Trump (@MaryLTrump) September 22, 2021
Discovery should be interesting. Also, Trump vowed repeatedly that he would release his taxes if he was elected. I’m sure that won’t help his case. The fact that Donald waited a year before filing the lawsuit won’t help him, either.
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