(RestoreAmericanGlory.com) – On Wednesday, a New York judge dismissed the lawsuit former President Donald Trump filed for $100 million against The New York Times.
The class action suit was filed by Trump in 2021 against the Times and three reporters, Susanne Craig, David Barstow, and Russell Buettner, who worked on a 2018 report focused on Trump’s tax records. The article in question later won a Pulitzer Prize. However, Trump claims that the reporters managed to get the documents concerning his taxes from his niece, Mary Trump, despite them having an agreement in place that would legally prohibit her from sharing these documents.
The 2018 article detailed how Fred Trump, Donald Trump’s father, had throughout the years given his son more than $413 million. These reports directly contradicted Trump’s claims of being self-made.
New York Supreme Court Justice Robert Reed dismissed Trump’s claims that the reporters had worked on the article because of a “personal vendetta” and that they had been a part of an “insidious plot” in order to gain access to his tax records.
Reed noted in the ruling that the First Amendment shielded the New York Times right to gain access to information, even if this access was gained through a source that was breaching a confidentiality agreement in place. The justice further ruled that New York’s anti-SLAPP provision applied in this lawsuit, which meant that the Times is now protected from every further lawsuit that could be brought forth in an effort to stop the outlet from using its freedom of speech rights.
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