Mary Trump looks to dump Donald’s lawsuit against her, New York Times

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Mary Trump looks to dump Donald's lawsuit against her, New York Times

Donald Trump’s niece asked a state court on Thursday to throw out the former president’s $100 million lawsuit against her and the New York Times.

Mary Trump’s attorneys filed a motion to dismiss Trump’s lawsuit that stemmed from explosive news articles about his taxes and finances.

“This baseless case should be dismissed because it is a frivolous attempt to punish Mary Trump and Pulitzer Prize-winning journalists for publishing truthful information of great public concern about former President Trump,” Theodore J. Boutrous, Jr., a partner with law firm Gibson Dunn, said.

“Mr. Trump has a long history of filing lawsuits simply to chill freedom of speech and of the press, and this is more of the same. The First Amendment and New York law forbid such abusive lawsuits.”

In a 30-page motion, attorneys said Donald Trump’s suit amounted to a “strategic lawsuit against public participation” (SLAPP) which is limited by an “anti-SLAPP” law in the Empire State.

The ex-president’s lawsuit, filed in September, accused Mary Trump of leaking his tax records to the Times. Mary Trump and reporters Susanne Craig, David Barstow and Russell Buettner worked to get the records because of “a personal vendetta,” the lawsuit stated.

The New York Times building in the west side of Midtown Manhattan.
Former President Donald Trump accused Mary of leaking his financial records to The New York Times.
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Mary Trump’s attorneys wrote in their motion to dismiss that the lawsuit against them was “a transparent effort to punish his niece and these journalists for disseminating truthful information of great public interest concerning Mr. Trump’s fitness for the office and aspects of his personal and financial history that he had long sought to hide, to chill them and others from reporting on such information in the future.” The Times won a Pulitzer Prize in 2019 for its coverage of Donald Trump’s finances and taxes.

Then President Donald Trump
Firm partner Theodore J. Boutrous, Jr. says former President Donald Trump has a long history of filing “abusive lawsuits.”
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Donald Trump had accused his niece of violating a non-disclosure agreement reached after a feud over the estate of Fred Trump – the ex-president’s dad and Mary’s grandfather. But Mary Trump’s attorneys said that under state law the agreement was “terminable at will” and unenforceable because it didn’t explicitly say the deal was permanent.

The ex-president’s niece allegedly shared her uncle’s documents that she received during the legal discovery during the estate battle.

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Former President Donald Trump blasted Mary’s tell-all book for being “so stupid and so vicious.”
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Mary Trump has admitted being a source to the Times and last year published a tell-all book called “Too Much and Never Enough: How My Family Created the World’s Most Dangerous Man.” She should be able to seek attorneys’ fees and damages, the dismissal motion said.

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