- The former president on Tuesday took legal action over his tax records
- The records from 1985-94 showed over $1 billion in losses from his businesses
- Trump was furious at the piercing of his carefully-curated business image
- He sued his niece Mary and The New York Times in Dutchess County, New York
- Trump claims that there was ‘an insidious plot’ to get hold of his tax records
- He is seeking $100 million in damages from the story, which won a 2019 Pulitzer
- Mary Trump said that her uncle’s lawsuit was ‘desperation’
Donald Trump on Tuesday sued his niece Mary and The New York Times over their reporting on his tax affairs, accusing them of ‘an insidious plot’ to obtain confidential records, and is seeking an excess of $100 million in damages.
The former president filed his case against Mary, the paper and three of its reporters.
In the suit, reported by The Daily Beast, Trump claims that the Times 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.
She signed the deal in 2001 after settling a contentious legal battle over the will of Frederick Trump – Donald’s father and her grandfather.
Trump is seeking damages ‘in an amount to be determined at trial, but believed to be no less than One Hundred Million Dollars’.
The suit says: ‘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 defendants’ actions were motivated by a personal vendetta and their desire to gain fame, notoriety, acclaim and a financial windfall and were further intended to advance their political agenda’