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Former President Trump hosting a boxing match in Hollywood, Fla., on Sept. 11. Photo: Chandan Khanna/AFP via Getty Images

Former President Trump filed a $100 million lawsuit against the New York Times and his niece Mary Trump on Tuesday over the news outlet's 2018 reporting on his tax records, the Daily Beast first reported.

Details: The suit, filed in New York's Dutchess County, alleges NYT journalists "engaged in an insidious plot to obtain confidential and highly-sensitive records" and that they "convinced" Mary Trump to "smuggle records out of her attorney's office and turn them over to The Times."

Of note: Trump challenged the release of a book by Mary Trump on him last year, telling Axios' Jonathan Swan she was "not allowed" to write it due to a non-disclosure agreement she signed. A judge ruled publisher Simon & Schuster did not seem bound by this.

  • Trump alleges in his suit against the NYT and his niece that she "committed a material breach of the Settlement Agreement by disclosing, assisting and/or providing confidential information to The Times."

Why it matters: NYT journalists Susanne Craig, David Barstow and Russell Buettner, who are named in the suit, won a Pulitzer Prize in 2019 for their reporting on Trump's finances that debunked his claims of self-made wealth and revealed allegations of a business empire riddled with tax dodges.

  • Craig and Buettner worked on another bombshell NYT report with Mike McIntire, who's not named in the suit, seven weeks before the 2020 presidential election that detailed over two decades' worth of tax-return data from Trump and the companies that make up his business.
  • Trump has for years been fighting the release of his tax returns and other financial records.

What they're saying: NYT spokesperson Danielle Rhoades said in an emailed statement that the Times planned to "vigorously defend" the lawsuit, which she said was "an attempt to silence independent news organizations."

  • Mary Trump responded to suit by telling the Daily Beast that her "loser" uncle was acting out of "desperation" because "the walls are closing in" on him.
  • Representatives for Trump did not immediately respond to Axios' request for comment.
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Go deeper: Trump to fight release of tax returns to Congress

Editor's note: This article has been updated with new details throughout.

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Trump's new venture could be peak SPAC

Illustration: Sarah Grillo/Axios

Former President Trump last night announced plans to launch a digital media network called "Truth Social," and said it would go public via a SPAC called Digital World Acquisition (Nasdaq: DWAC).

What to know: So far, this is a joke. The press release didn't contain even basic information, such as the new company's CEO. In fact, the only execs mentioned are Trump (as chairman) and veteran TV producer Scott St. John as head of a subscription streaming service.

McConnell: GOP should move past Trump's "rehash" of 2020 election

Former President Trump and Sen. Mitch McConnell at the White House. Photo: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) told reporters Tuesday that Republicans should be looking to "the future and not the past" when asked about how comfortable he was with the GOP "embracing" former President Trump.

Why it matters: CNN's Manu Raju posed the question after Trump attended a GOP retreat last week, noting that McConnell had said the former president was "morally responsible for provoking the events" on the day of the Jan. 6 Capitol riot, per Business Insider.

Trump, your 2024 GOP nominee

Illustration: Shoshana Gordon/Axios

Former President Trump is telling most anyone who'll listen he will run again in 2024 — and poll after poll shows the vast majority of Republicans would gladly cheer him on and vote for him. 

Why it matters: Trump is the heart, soul and undisputed leader of the Republican Party and will easily win the nomination if he wants it, the polls make unmistakably clear.