On Friday, a New York state judge ordered the former president Donald Trump Paying nearly $400,000 to The New York Times for legal fees stemming from a unsuccessful trial In 2021, he opposed the newspaper.
State Supreme Court Judge Robert R. Reed in New York County ordered Trump to pay attorneys’ fees, court costs and about $393,000, including $229,931 to the Times and journalists Susanne Craig and Russell Buettner, and $162,717 to David Barstow. the third journalist from the newspaper.
Trump’s lawyers contested the dollar amount demanded by the defendants, calling the figure “excessive, excessive and unreasonable.”
In 2021, Trump’s newspaper sued his estranged niece Mary Trump and others, alleging that her niece and Times reporters “engaged in an insidious scheme to obtain classified and highly sensitive records that they used for their own benefit.” it is a means of falsely legitimizing their publicized works”.
In his ruling, Reed rejected the claim, saying Trump’s claims against the Times “fail as a matter of constitutional law.”
A Times spokesman welcomed Friday’s order in a statement.
“The court sent a message to those who want to abuse the judicial system to silence journalists,” said Danielle Rhoades Ha.
Trump’s attorney, Alina Habba, said Friday that the former president will pursue her allegations against Mary Trump.
“While we are disappointed that the NY Times is no longer involved in this matter, we are pleased that the Court reaffirmed the strength of our claims against the Mayor and denied her attempt to evade accountability,” Habba said. We look forward to continuing our claims against him.”
Last year, the court denied Mary Trump’s motion to dismiss the case against her, which she appealed in June. A judge this week denied a stay of his case pending an appeal and ordered him to appear virtually at a Feb. 13 preliminary conference.