Former President Donald J. Trump called Mary L. Trump on Tuesday accusing the New York Times and three of its reporters of plotting a “fraudulent conspiracy” to illegally obtain and use in news articles their classified tax records. Book.

The case alleges that in an attempt to obtain tax documents, Times reporters viciously visited Trump’s nephew and persuaded him to “take the documents from his attorney’s office” and return them. many times.

According to the case, the action violated a confidentiality agreement made by former President Fred C.’s father. The trial was part of an agreement concerning the will of Trump, who died in 1999.

Trump’s lawsuit, filed in the Supreme Court in Duce County, New York, alleges the newspaper, its reporters, and Trump were motivated by “personal vengeance and a desire for fame, fame, recognition, and financial gain.” ”

The case comes as the former president continues to lie that the 2020 election was stolen from him and when his family business Trump and longtime CFO Alan H. Weiselberg are accused of running away from Manhattan prosecutors. Tax on employee benefits reported as income. He pleaded not guilty.

During his 2016 presidential campaign, Trump promised to publish his tax returns, as presidential candidates, including President Biden, have done for at least 40 years. But then Trump refused to release him, citing an ongoing audit. His tax secrecy has drawn criticism and questions that plagued him during his presidency.

The documents that Ms. Trump was the basis of a 2018 article that cited Mr. Trump’s story of tax evasion and open fraud. Trump, according to The Times.

The Times report questioned Trump’s claims that he was a billionaire who made his fortune and fame with little help from his father, a real estate entrepreneur. Instead, according to the investigation, Trump inherited the equivalent of at least $413 million, mostly through a “suspicious tax program”.

The Times reports that Mr Trump and his brothers set up a fake company to hide a multimillion-dollar gift from their parents, and that Mr Trump helped his father unfairly tax millions of dollars. .

In 2019, three Times journalists – David Barstow, Susan Craig, and Russ Boetner – were awarded the Pulitzer Prize for interpretive coverage of this article on taxes by Trump and others. In announcing the award, Pulitzer judges called the work an “18 months comprehensive investigation” that “unlocked a tax-evading business empire.”

In a statement late Tuesday, the Times defended Trump’s tax returns, saying he planned to fight the lawsuit.

“The Times’ coverage of Donald Trump’s taxes has helped educate the public on how to carefully report issues that are above the public interest,” the statement said. “This case is an attempt to silence an independent news organization and we are planning a strong defense against it.”

Mr Trump’s lawsuit also alleges that Ms. Trump made “the unauthorized disclosure of classified records to the Times” in a book published last year, “Too Much and Never Enough: How My Family Became The Most Dangerous People in the World”. Explained. In the case it is said that following the publication of the book he also made statements to the media, “which demonstrates a clear and blatant waiver of his confidentiality obligations under the agreement.”

According to the case, the case, which stemmed from the will of Fred Trump and was filed by several family members including Mary Trump, was settled in 2001 on terms that included “obligations of confidentiality and secrecy” that apply to the parties.

Ms. Trump could not be found immediately to comment on the case.

Mr Trump ultimately lost a bitter and protracted legal battle that reached the US Supreme Court twice, leaving Manhattan prosecutors receiving tax and other financial records from their accountants.

Taxes are also at the heart of the Trump family’s business and the ongoing criminal case against Weiselberg, who is accused of tax evasion of about $1.7 million. The process is scheduled to begin next summer. Manhattan prosecutors, who have been investigating the case for years, have not accused Trump of wrongdoing.