Trump sues New York Times and niece over story about his taxes

Trump argues that the New York Times hatched an "insidious plot" to gain sensitive information from his niece, Mary Trump. 
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Trump after his first impeachment trial.
President Donald Trump after he is acquitted February 6, 2020 in Washington, DC.
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Former President Donald Trump is suing the New York Times, three of its reporters, and his niece over a 2018 story the newspaper published concerning his tax records. 

According to The Daily Beast, Trump argues that the New York Times hatched an "insidious plot" to gain sensitive information from his niece, Mary Trump. 

The lawsuit further alleges that the newspaper and the three reporters were able to successfully persuade Mary Trump to divulge personal documents despite being in violation of a confidentiality agreement she signed in 2001. 

This recent lawsuit comes after a previous attempt by Robert Trump, Donald's brother, to stop Mary from publishing a memoir in 2020 that contained private information about the family. Judge Hal Greenwald ruled that the 2001 confidentiality agreement was too vague in scope, and therefore couldn't be used to stop her in publishing her book.

Trump argues the New York Times was aware of the legal agreement his niece was under, but still encouraged her to sneak documents out of her attorney's office.

In the lawsuit, Trump is seeking "no less than One Hundred Million Dollars" in damages from the defendants.