Trump Forced To Pay NY Times How Much?

Gage Skidmore from Surprise, AZ, United States of America, CC BY-SA 2.0 , via Wikimedia Commons

( – Former President Donald Trump’s legal fees continue to increase as this time he needed to pay the legal fees of a company he had attempted to sue. 

Trump covered The New York Times legal fees of $392,000 following his failed attempt to report the company for reporting in 2018 on his confidential tax records. Democrat New York Justice Robert Reed ordered in January that Trump pay that amount and he had granted a motion filed by the publication to have Trump’s lawsuit dismissed. In the ruling, Reed pointed out that in their reporting of the story, the Time was focused on covering a story with high public interest and that this move was justified on their end. 

In his lawsuit, Trump had called out the journalists for having interfered and for trying to get access to the confidential tax records through his niece. He further pointed out how this move had resulted in his niece breaching a contract with the Trump family. 

The reporting on this series of The Times’ Susanne Craig, Russ Buettner, and David Barstow, had resulted in them winning a 2019 Pulitzer Prize in Explanatory Reporting. However, it also resulted in the former President filing a lawsuit against them.

In his ruling, Roberts pointed out how a new amendment to the New York Constitution’s anti-SLAPP law (strategic lawsuits against public participation), permitted the defendants to push to have the lawsuit dismissed on the grounds of the first amendment. It was further argued that the lawsuit filed by Trump was a violation of the new amendment constitution in the state which resulted in Trump being liable for the legal fees of the reporters.

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