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Trump Faces Over $400,000 Legal Fee Costs Against New York Times

A New York judge has ruled that former President Donald Trump must pay nearly $400,000 in legal fees to the New York Times.

2021 Lawsuit

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The lawsuit, which Trump filed in 2021 over a 2018 investigation into his finances, was dismissed by a Supreme Court justice in May 2023. The judge’s decision has been celebrated by the Times reporters involved in the investigation.

Trump’s Lawsuit Against the New York Times

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In 2021, Donald Trump filed a lawsuit against the New York Times concerning their 2018 investigative report titled “Trump Engaged in Suspect Tax Schemes as He Reaped Riches From His Father.” This Pulitzer Prize-winning report delved into Trump’s financial activities.

Lawsuit Dismissal

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In May 2023, a New York Supreme Court justice dismissed Trump’s lawsuit, emphasizing that reporters have the right to engage in legal and ordinary news-gathering activities without fearing legal action.

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First Amendment Activity

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The justice underlined that these actions are fundamental to protected First Amendment activity.

Protecting Freedom of the Press

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The judge’s ruling reaffirmed the importance of protecting freedom of the press and the First Amendment rights of journalists.

Allocation of Legal Fees

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Trump is obligated to pay approximately $230,000 of the total legal fee to Susanne Craig and Russell Buettner, the reporters credited for the Times’s investigative report. The remaining sum will go to David Barstow, another journalist involved in the investigation.

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Reporter’s Reaction

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Susanne Craig celebrated the court’s decision and labeled Trump’s lawsuit as “frivolous.” She took the opportunity to reshare the original story that had been at the center of the legal dispute.

Positive Reactions on Social Media

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Numerous social media users congratulated the reporters on their victory and praised their commitment to holding Trump accountable for his financial activities.

Many users expressed the importance of Trump facing consequences for pursuing what they considered bullying tactics through lawsuits.

Trump’s Failed Attempt

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In his lawsuit, Trump had sought $100 million in damages from the New York Times and Mary Trump, alleging an “insidious plot” to obtain his tax records. However, the judge rejected these claims as a matter of constitutional law.

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Humorous Responses

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Some social media users couldn’t resist making humorous remarks about Trump’s legal situation, speculating whether he would actually pay the legal fees. Several users expressed skepticism about whether Trump would comply with the court’s order to pay the legal fees, given his past behavior regarding legal judgments.

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