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Donald Trump sues niece Mary Trump for The New York Times story

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Former president Donald Trump recently filed a $100 million lawsuit against his niece Mary Trump, three other reporters and The New York Times for publishing a story about his tax records back in 2018. Alleging that a conspiracy to damage his name transpired between the media company, his niece and her collaborators, Trump took some necessary legal steps to address the issue.

“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 states.

The New York Times, along with journalists David Barstow, Russ Buettner and Susanne Craig won the Pulitzer Prize in 2019 for the in-depth investigation on Donald Trump and his family’s finances. The report aims to prove that Trump didn’t acquire his wealth through hard work but by dodging taxes, prompting the president to believe that the stories were personal vendettas meant to destroy his reputation.

“The Times’s coverage of Donald Trump’s taxes helped inform citizens through meticulous reporting on a subject of overriding public interest,” Danielle Rhoades Ha, a spokeswoman for The New York Times, said in a statement.

Trump’s estranged niece also happens to be the author of the anti-uncle Donald book Too Much and Never Enough: How My Family Created the World’s Most Dangerous Man, which accused and lambasted the former commander in chief from cover to cover. 

“I think he is a f****ng 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,” the younger Trump said in a recent interview.

Donald Trump insists in this lawsuit that his niece has violated some agreements by disclosing sensitive information acquired through the investigation. Mary Trump must have stepped on a confidentiality consensus that thrusted her uncle into the spotlight and painted him in a negative light. Trump also believes that The Times was responsible for coercing his niece into surrendering some private details of his finances to the aforementioned daily newspaper.

“A group of journalists with the New York Times, in the middle of an extensive crusade to obtain Donald J Trump’s confidential tax records, relentlessly sought out his niece Mary and convinced her to smuggle the records out of her attorney’s office,” the lawsuit stated.

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