For decades, it had become routine for presidential candidates to release their tax returns. The act of transparency was meant to prove their books were clean and everything was above board. Donald Trump refused to release his returns, saying that he was under audit. He promised, however, to show them at a later date.
That day never came. Trump’s resistance led many to believe there was something wrong with his taxes. So outlets like the New York Times went out to find them. The paper did, and released a damning report. Now Trump is suing both the New York Times and his niece Mary.
According to the Daily Beast, the suit, “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.”
Mary Trump has admitted the she was the source for the records, telling Molly Jong-Fast, “Yeah, um, I’m actually really proud of that. But I have to be honest with you, I didn’t even remember I had [the Confidential Records]. It’s entirely down to the brilliant Susanne Craig for, one, reminding me that I had them and, two, so effectively and tenaciously trying to convince—I mean it took her months before I did—so it’s entirely down to her.”
And the former president’s niece doesn’t seem worried about the suit, saying, “I think he is a fucking loser, and he is going to throw anything against the wall he can. It’s desperation. The walls are closing in and he is throwing anything against the wall that will stick. As is always the case with Donald, he’ll try and change the subject.”
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Todd Neikirk is a New Jersey-based politics and technology writer. His work has been featured in psfk.com, foxsports.com, and PoliticusUSA. An avid pet lover, he has been known to contribute to Pet Lifestyles Magazine. He enjoys sports, politics, technology, and spending time at the shore with his family.