Former president Donald Trump has filed a lawsuit against his niece and the New York Times for $100 million. His niece, Mary Trump, responded with, “I think he’s a loser.”
Trump filed the major suit in response to reporting from the New York Times on his tax returns. The suit argues the publication colluded with his niece to carry out a personal vendetta against Trump using illegally obtained, highly sensitive documents.
Trump’s suit called it an “insidious plot” against him that crossed the line.
“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 said.
“The brazenness of the defendants’ actions cannot be understated. 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 L. Trump, and convinced her to smuggle the records out of her attorney’s office and turn them over to The Times.”
Trump’s niece, Mary Trump, has been a vocal critic of the former president. She responded sharply to his lawsuit, which was first reported by the Associated Press.
“I think he is a loser, and he is going to throw anything against the wall he can,” she said. “It’s desperation. The walls are closing in and he is throwing anything against the wall that he thinks will stick. As is always the case with Donald, he’ll try and change the subject.”
The New York Times issued a statement Tuesday in response to the suit.
“The Times’s coverage of Donald Trump’s taxes helped inform the public through meticulous reporting on a subject of overriding public interest,” the news outlet said. “This lawsuit is an attempt to silence independent news organizations and we plan to vigorously defend against it.”