The former president of the United States accuses them of having mounted “a devious plot” in the context of an investigation into his tax revenues.
A 27-page complaint for damages estimated at $ 100 million, according to the defense of the former US president who decided to sue his niece, Mary Trump, and three journalists from the New York Times . Donald Trump said he was the victim of a “sneaky conspiracy” to “obtain his tax documents” .
In 2019, the New York Times received the Pulitzer Prize for its investigation into the former promoter and his illegal strategies to evade taxes . According to the daily, Donald Trump would have transferred $ 413 million “through a shell company” . Disclosures that led to the opening of an investigation by the New York State tax authorities. The Department of Justice has already ordered the Treasury to provide the tax returns of the former Republican president.
The businessman decided to file a complaint on Tuesday, September 21. She accuses three journalists – Susanne Craig, David Barstow and Russell Buettner – of having engaged in “a vast crusade to obtain confidential tax files from Donald J. Trump” . The text evokes “a personal vendetta” and “a devious plot” to recover “confidential and highly sensitive documents” that journalists have “exploited for their own benefit and used as a means of legitimizing their published work”.
Mary Trump, the main source of the investigation
Why is the former Republican president also suing his niece? Mary Trump had revealed to have been “the main source” of this investigation , in her book published in 2020 Too Much and Never Enough: How My Family Created the World’s Most Dangerous Man.