Donald Trump sues New York Times and his niece over tax story, claims $100 million: What you need to
Former US President Donald Trump is suing the New York Times and his niece, Mary Trump over a 2018 article that was published in the newspaper claiming that he was involved in “dubious tax schemes”.
The lawsuit claims that the publication and his niece were "engaged in an insidious plot" to obtain confidential documents. It also claims that there was a settlement agreement with Mary Trump barring her from disclosing the documents, which she violated.
Mary Trump, 56, daughter of Donald Trump’s brother Fred Trump Jr has not yet commented on the lawsuit. Donald Trump has previously rejected all the claims made by the publication and in a 2020 ‘tell-all’ memoir by Mary Trump.
The lawsuit filed by Trump names Susanne Craig, David Barstow, and Russell Buettner from New York Times and reads, “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”.
Donald Trump is seeking compensation of $100 million and claims that he "suffered significant damages" due to the article.
NY Times journalist Susanne Craig tweeted in response to the lawsuit, "I knocked on Mary Trump's door. She opened it. I think they call that journalism."