Former President Donald Trump has reportedly launched a lawsuit against The New York Times and his niece Mary Trump concerning issues regarding his tax filings.
“The lawsuit, filed Tuesday in Dutchess County, New York, by attorney Alina Habba, alleges that the newspaper convinced Mary Trump to ‘smuggle records out of her attorney’s office and turn them over to the Times‘ despite her having signed a confidentiality agreement in 2001 after settling a contentious legal battle over the will of Frederick Trump, Donald’s father and Mary’s grandfather,” The Daily Beast reported.
“The new lawsuit seeks damages ‘in an amount to be determined at trial, but believed to be no less than One Hundred Million Dollars’ from both Mary Trump and the Times,” the report added.
EXCLUSIVE: Donald Trump sues The New York Times and his niece Mary Trump over tax story https://t.co/7ECpshjmJk
— The Daily Beast (@thedailybeast) September 22, 2021
“In her book, Ms Trump describes how she supplied tax documents to the New York Times, which were used to form part of a 14,000 word investigative article into Mr Trump’s ‘dubious tax schemes during the 1990s, including instances of outright fraud, that greatly increased the fortune he received from his parents,'” the BBC reported.
According to the LAW360 blog, the lawsuit is related to the Times and his niece “saying they publicly revealed his confidential tax records in an effort to make money and ‘advance their political agenda.'”
Just in tonight: Donald Trump is suing the New York Times, several of its reporters and his niece Mary Trump for $100 million, saying they publicly revealed his confidential tax records in an effort to make money and “advance their political agenda.”https://t.co/0q7obqLLfV
— Lauren Berg (@ByLaurenBerg) September 22, 2021
The case may not win Trump any favors with his family, but it will be up to legal experts to determine whether his case is successful in the days ahead.