‘Transaction denied’: Get ready for credit card that cuts off spending once you hit your CO2 max

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(LifeSiteNews) — The company that created a credit card to track your purchases’ CO2 emissions is set to launch a “premium” version of the card that cuts off your spending as soon as you hit your “carbon max.”

This is the latest of many schemes to force major changes in human behaviour to allegedly lessen global warming. Social scientist and author Steven Mosher has called the global warming movement a “giant propaganda effort” and “the biggest scientific fraud ever perpetrated on the family of man.”

Doconomy has partnered with Mastercard and the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) to create technology for the everyday consumer that “connects the purchase price of a product with the effect on the planet measured in Kg CO2, and then recommends the amount to offset – practically putting a price on carbon,” as the Doconomy website explains.

The DO credit card works hand-in-hand with a phone app, launched in April 2019, that quantifies the CO₂ emissions generated from each credit card transaction. The website introduces the card with video footage of whitewashed, typical consumer goods floating, like trash, as if through space, each labeled with a carbon emissions number.

The back of the card reads underneath the signature authorization area, “I’m taking responsibility for every transaction I make to help protect our planet.”

Doconomy will soon release a “premium” version of the credit card, called DO Black, touting it as “the first credit card ever to stop you from overspending.”

Measured against the UN goal of cutting carbon emissions in half by 2030, DO Black “comes with a monthly tCO2e limit, ensuring that we stick to the UN-2030-recommended cuts in carbon,” the website reads. 

“Instead of introducing a premium credit card with benefits that typically encourages further consumption, Do Black only has one essential feature – a carbon limit. The core purpose is the ability, not only to measure the impact of your consumption, but also to bring it to a direct halt,” the company stated.

The website currently features a sneak peek of the message the card user will be met with as soon as they hit their carbon max, complete with a red exclamation point warning: “Transaction denied! Carbon limit reached.”

Nathalie Green, the CEO and co-founder of Doconomy, views the card as a critical need: “We all need to come to terms with the urgency of the situation and rapidly move towards more responsible consumption. With Do Black there is no more excuses. Through our collaboration with UNFCCC and Mastercard, Do will enable people to do their part to contribute to the carbon reduction goals of 2030 and onwards,” she

The company revealed that they have partnered with the UN to participate in five “carbon dioxide reducing efforts,” or CO2 “offset” projects. Doconomy’s “climate smart savings account” also currently has a half-percent interest rate where “0.4 goes to our economy and 0.1 goes to the planet,” as “compensation” for the carbon impact.

As a company, Doconomy doesn’t limit itself to the creation of the DO credit cards but provides tools, using their “Åland Index,” to help other financial service providers and companies assess the “climate impact” of digital financial transactions, particular products, and even entire personal “lifestyles.”

Their goal is ambitious: “bring about structural change by rewiring the financial system,” as their website reads. Their services are already being used by the bank Klarna, which is providing “carbon impact calculations on all transactions by all users” through Doconomy’s Åland Index. This is being described as “the largest initiative ever taken by a bank in educating its users on the impact of consumption.”

While the card is currently being advertised for voluntary use, Marc Morano, founder and executive editor of what leftists call the “climate change denial” website Climate Depot, has predicted that this voluntary phase will have its own expiration date: 

“This CO2 monitoring credit card will begin as a ‘voluntary’ measure with no ‘mandate.’ But how long until this CO2 card will be mandated by big corporations in collusion with governments? Given how the climate activists are aping the COVID lockdowns, expect this credit card to be mandatory under a ‘climate emergency.’”

Morano has noted that the DO card “follows on the heels” of an August 2021 Nature study “calling for ‘carbon allowances’ that would monitor individuals’ CO2 emissions through smart meters and tracking apps.”

He warned readers, “Get ready for a Chinese-style social credit system scoring when it comes to your personal spending habits.”

In response to a college professor’s “radical” proposal, shared by NPR, that people need to have fewer children because of the “prospect of climate catastrophe,” and that we need to decentivize procreation with a “carbon tax” on children in wealthy nations,   Morano commented:

“U.S. environmentalists are taking a page from China’s mandatory one-child policy even as China abandons the policy. If these wacky climate activists believed their own literature they would realize that ‘global warming’ may lead to less kids!”

Steven Mosher agrees that the ultimate goal of global warmists is to dramatically decrease the world’s population. “They cheered China’s one-child policy from the very beginning,” he noted.

“I did a historical study of climate change in China, which shows that the climate in China 2,000 years ago was several degrees warmer than it is today,” Mosher said, adding, “And of course that was a long time before we started hearing about climate change and global warming.”

“We had global warming and ice ages a long time before human beings invented the internal combustion engine, and a long time before there were a million or us running around the planet giving birth to little ‘carbon dioxide emitters,’“ he quipped, quoting how climate change activists refer to children.

Jack Hellner, writing for the American Thinker, has noted that news outlets have been fear mongering about a climate crisis for decades — even a century — only to have their predictions fall flat, time and again.

In January 1970, Life reported, “Scientists have solid experimental and theoretical evidence to support … the following predictions: In a decade, urban dwellers will have to wear gas masks to survive air pollution … by 1985 air pollution will have reduced the amount of sunlight reaching earth by one half …”

Despite their use of fraudulent claims by climate change alarmists, such as that walruses shown in a documentary were throwing themselves off a cliff “because of climate change,”  the World Economic Forum (WEF) has seized upon the climate change narrative to help drive its Great Reset agenda.

The WEF’s virtual Davos summit of 2021, for example, has framed climate change as an “urgent threat demanding decisive action,” including “comprehensive,” short and long-term “climate actions in line with the goals of the Paris Agreement” by both private and public bodies. These goals include “greener” (even if less profitable) business practices with lower CO2 emissions, to be enforced by international authorities.

Such practices are already being pushed in the name of the so-called “climate emergency” by public officials like Justin Trudeau, whose Liberal Party’s “climate plan” would introduce more carbon taxes and target Canada’s oil and gas sector, such as by banning the sale of new gas-powered vehicles from 2035 onward.

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Biden’s Approval Rating Just Hit Yet Another All-Time Low

President Joe Biden’s approval rating has tumbled down once again, with a majority of Americans now disapproving of the job he’s doing as the nation’s commander in chief, according to a September poll by Gallup.

Since, August Biden has witnessed his job approval rating fall by 6 percentage points to 43 percent, according to a report by Gallup.

“For the first time, a majority, 53%, now disapproves of Biden’s performance,” Gallup reported.

The pollster described the fall in Biden’s job approval rating as the “second significant decline” in Biden’s approval numbers since around June. Biden’s approval had hovered around 55 percent before July, when it fell to 50 percent.

Gallup noted that the most significant decline in people’s approval of Biden’s work came from the independents.


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“Biden’s current 37% approval rating among independents is his lowest to date and 24 points below his personal high of 61%. Two-thirds of Biden’s slide among independents since he took office has occurred in the past three months,” Gallup reported.

As for Democrats, their approval of Biden has not moved by over 8 points since his inauguration. Nonetheless, the numbers for this month are the lowest approval ratings from Democrats that Biden has seen so far in his presidency.

“[Democrats’] highest rating of Biden was 98% in late January/early February, and their lowest is the current 90%,” Gallup reported.

As for Republicans, the company reported that their approval of Biden’s work has been “similarly stable at the other extreme, ranging from 12% in February and July to 6% this month.”

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“Except for Donald Trump, every U.S. president since Harry Truman has enjoyed a honeymoon period characterized by above-average approval ratings upon taking office,” Gallup reported.

“Biden’s recent slides in approval put him in the company of Trump and Bill Clinton, whose ratings were at or below Biden’s current 43% at some point in the first eight months of their presidencies.”

Gallup derived these results from telephone interviews conducted between Sept. 1 and 17. The company used a random sample of “1,005 adults, aged 18 and older, living in all 50 U.S. states and the District of Columbia.”

“For results based on the total sample of national adults, the margin of sampling error is ±4 percentage points at the 95% confidence level. All reported margins of sampling error include computed design effects for weighting.”

The weeks before the poll witnessed a chaotic withdrawal from Afghanistan mismanaged by the Biden administration. Thirteen U.S. service members were killed by Islamic State terrorists in the last few days of the withdrawal.


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Furthermore, the Biden administration slaughtered an innocent family toward the end of the withdrawal, taking out 10 people, including seven children.

Members of the Biden administration went so far as to claim the killing of the family was a “righteous strike” against ISIS-K terrorists until a damning New York Times report disproved the Biden administration’s claims and revealed that the people the Biden administration killed that day were not ISIS-K terrorists but an aid worker and nine of his family members.

During the time the poll was taken, COVID-19 infections were also surging due to the delta variant, Gallup noted, and the Biden administration kept pushing restrictions in the name of curbing the spread of the virus.

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‘You Think Biden Can Hit a Ball Like That?’

Much to the chagrin of his vehement critics, former President Donald Trump has no intention of going anywhere — and what’s more, he’s still got all the energy and zest for life that put his 2020 rival to shame.

While Trump’s 2020 rival, of course, is the one residing in the White House and leading our country (if one can call it that), the comparisons between the two men are hardly favorable to now-President Joe Biden, at least when youthfulness, energy and general coherence are the factors being considered.

This was obviously on the former president’s mind in the midst of what appears to have been a particularly good golf game he played this week as captured in a clip shared on social media on Wednesday.

In the video, Trump hit what the enthusiastic comments of onlookers indicated was a very nice drive and celebrating by asking his companions, “You think Biden can hit a ball like that?”

They did not.


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“He couldn’t get it past the first tee!” Trump added, as someone could be heard suggesting that Biden would “forget where he hit it!”

The comment, of course, is classic Trump. He made a similar quip ahead of an exhibition boxing match earlier this month between Vitor Belfort and Evander Holyfield when he was asked who he’d like to take on in the ring.

Wisely opting to skip the professional boxers, the former president suggested he could easily take on Biden, who he predicted would “go down very, very quickly.”

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The thing is, while Trump has always loved throwing these kinds of jabs, whether in the White House or not, none of them is remotely necessary — Biden’s job performance and general appearance and behavior in public alone scream the unfavorable comparison between our former and current presidents.

Earlier this year, Biden did indeed go down very easily — not while boxing his former rival, but while merely boarding Air Force One, which presented itself as too arduous a task for the oldest sitting president in U.S. history at 78.

It’s easy enough to target Biden’s age, but the thing is, Trump is only three years younger. And yet he never fell asleep in public, lost his train of thought countless times, stumbled while going up stairs or was kept sheltered from the press.


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Quite the opposite.

Trump loved talking to anyone who would listen, and one has to admit — regardless of whether you approve or disapprove of his combative, unorthodox manner of speech — he was always quick on his feet while doing so.

He was ready with quick, biting retorts to reporters and debate opponents (and moderators, for that matter), and even had sneaky little quips while meeting with his foreign counterparts.

And how many times did he stop and talk to the press pool while leaving the White House, shouting over the whirring propellers of Marine One, taking all their questions while taking every opportunity to trash their coverage of his presidency?

Biden, on the other hand, after being kept in his basement for almost the entirety of his presidential campaign, was carefully sheltered from the media for months before he gave his first solo news conference as president. And when he finally did, he seemed to have brought with him notes and cards to help him identify reporters and answer their questions.

Meanwhile, he’s been seen being herded away from the media by his handlers, even when he appears, however feebly, willing to answer their questions.

This is understandable when you consider that this is what often happens when he does make comments in public:

And he’s made it painfully apparent that someone doesn’t want him talking to the media too much:

According to the book “Peril” from Washington Post journalists Bob Woodward and Robert Costa, Trump staffers described this exerted effort to keep Biden away from the press as “the wall.”

Very serious and frequent concerns have been raised about Biden’s cognitive health, which, when you consider the panicked behavior of his aides and an admission from his own press secretary that he probably shouldn’t be talking to reporters on his own, leads one to wonder: If our own president is so incapable of carrying out some of the basic tasks that go along with being commander-in-chief, who is really running the show?

So no, to answer Trump’s question, I don’t think Biden could hit a ball like that. There are a whole lot of things that he simply can’t do as well as Trump could, or as well as any normal, healthy, energetic person.

The scary thing is, Biden’s the one leading our country — supposedly.

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Japan pub-chain leader urges new PM to help eateries hit by COVID-19

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TOKYO — Miki Watanabe, the chief executive of Japanese pub chain Watami, has urgent advice for the next prime minister: provide fair compensation for restaurants impacted by the COVID-19 restrictions on eateries.

Watanabe, himself a former politician who spent six years in parliament, has a relationship with outgoing Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga from his time in politics.

The ruling Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) will pick a new leader on Sept. 29 who will replace Suga as prime minister since they are the majority party.

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Speaking to Reuters from one of the company’s restaurants before that vote, Watanabe’s story epitomizes the challenges the new Japanese leader will face to help businesses recover from the pandemic’s bite.

Last year, Watanabe converted this restaurant from an izakaya-style pub, where small dishes are typically served with alcohol, to a yakiniku-style pub where diners grill their food at the table with robots serving meat and other items to cut labor costs.

He now plans to convert 40% of its 300 outlets into these high-tech barbecue restaurants, which also include using conveyor belts to dispense dishes, by next April.

This is Watami’s strategy to better suit consumer tastes and ride out emergency curbs from the government to prevent COVID-19’s spread that cut opening hours and banned serving alcohol.

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Watanabe has been loudly critical of the government’s COVID-19 curbs on restaurants, a rarity in typically cordial Japan.

“I was frustrated with (the government’s) response to the pandemic,” Watanabe said. “It’s too slow and too sloppy.”

The contenders for the LDP leadership have pledged to respond to the pandemic and roll out fresh stimulus to ease the pain, but whoever succeeds Suga, the food service industry will face a “long battle” with COVID-19, Watanabe said.

Government compensation for businesses impacted by the curbs was too generous for small firms but insufficient for larger companies like Watami, making it “unbalanced and unfair,” he added.

“We want the new government to pay fair compensation for the business suspensions in accordance with the size of businesses so that everybody would shoulder a fair amount of losses.”

Japan’s curbs have so far focused on asking eateries to close early and refrain from serving alcohol, but not all restaurants and bars are complying with the non-binding rules.

Watanabe said he wanted the new leader to exercise more power over eateries to abide by the curbs. (Reporting by Akira Tomoshige, Rikako Maruyama, Akiko Okamoto and Tetsushi Kajimoto; Editing by Christian Schmollinger)

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Background Checks for Gun Owners Have Hit 400 Million Since 1998

Since the FBI began keeping track of background checks for gun buyers in 1998, the number of total checks done has now reached 400 million, the Washington Examiner reported earlier this month.

About 2.7 million of the checks were performed last month, bringing the total to over 400 million.

The National Instant Criminal Background Check System, or NICS, is what is used to conduct the checks. While not completely a one-to-one comparison, the number of new gun background checks is seen as an indication of how many guns are being bought.

Per the Examiner, the NICS system reported gun sales in the “hundreds of thousands” per month in its early years, but that number is now nearly always in the millions. So far in 2021, about 27.8 million new background checks have been done through the end of August. The total number for 2020—a record—was 39.6 million, up from 28.3 million in 2019 and 26.1 million in 2018. The pandemic, as well as social unrest around the country, are seen as major drivers of gun purchases, especially by new buyers, in the year 2020 and after.

The NICS was brought into existence by the Brady Handgun Violence Prevention Act, also known as the Brady Act, which passed in 1993. James Brady went on to become a gun restriction activist until his death in 2014, which was ruled a homicide.

The Brady Act, which was introduced in the house by the now Senate Majority Leader Charles Schumer of New York, was one of the last major federal pieces of legislation that restricted gun ownership, with most such laws since passing at the local and state level instead.

The bill was named for James Brady, the White House Press Secretary who was injured in the assassination attempt against President Ronald Reagan in 1981. Reagan himself endorsed the Brady law, despite his membership in the National Rifle Assassination, which led the opposition to the measure.

Reagan laid out his support for what was then called the Brady Bill in a New York Times op-ed in 1991 after he left office.

“This nightmare might never have happened if legislation that is before Congress now—the Brady bill—had been law back in 1981,” Reagan wrote of the day that John Hinckley, Jr., shot at him and struck Brady.

“Named for Jim Brady,” Reagan continued, “this legislation would establish a national seven-day waiting period before a handgun purchaser could take delivery. It would allow local law enforcement officials to do background checks for criminal records or known histories of mental disturbances. Those with such records would be prohibited from buying the handguns.”

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Biden’s hit a new low with us too — especially with independents – HotAir

Put another data point in the trends toward a confidence-crisis cascade for the beleaguered and bemused Joe Biden. And for that matter, chalk Gallup up among pollsters who appear to miss the real inflection point for it. Earlier today, the nation’s most venerable pollster reported Biden’s worst job approval rating thus far — putting him ten points under water, a flip of eleven points in the gap from one month earlier:

Eight months after President Joe Biden’s inauguration, his job approval rating has fallen six percentage points to 43%, the lowest of his presidency. For the first time, a majority, 53%, now disapproves of Biden’s performance.

These findings are from a Sept. 1-17 Gallup poll that was conducted after the U.S. military evacuated more than 120,000 people from Afghanistan. The United States’ exit from the nation’s longest war was marred by the Taliban’s quick takeover of most of the country and a suicide bombing at the airport in Kabul, which killed 13 U.S. service members. Over the same period, COVID-19 infection rates, nationally, were surging, leading to hospital overflows in some regions.

The latest drop in Biden’s job approval score is the second significant decline since June. Biden’s honeymoon ratings near 55% first faltered in July, falling to 50% amid rising COVID-19 cases caused largely by the delta variant. In Gallup’s Aug. 2-17 poll, Biden’s rating was essentially unchanged, at 49%.

Oddly — or perhaps not — Gallup doesn’t mention Biden’s one truly notable “achievement” over the past month. Nowhere in this poll does Gallup mention the abandonment of thousands of American citizens and legal permanent residents to the Taliban. Their lack of urgency in dealing with those Americans — and the Taliban’s ongoing search for them — likely had a significant impact on Biden’s standing. It would explain the eleven-point dive in net approval, for instance, especially since Gallup later notes that respondents “generally approve” of the withdrawal policy itself.

Just as with my earlier post on overall polling, the COVID-19 issues don’t correlate with the big flip from last month in the Gallup series. Unlike some of the other polling, the Gallup series did show some notable narrowing of Biden’s net-positive job approval quotient, but he was still up by one (49/48) with responses getting collected as late as August 17. That was at the same time as the collapse in Kabul, and just before Biden promised that we wouldn’t leave until we got all of the Americans out. A week later, he sarcastically told off a reporter who asked Biden to reconfirm it. A month later, Biden won’t even acknowledge the thousands of American citizens and LPRs he left behind. Gallup didn’t ask about that, apparently, but it’s a good bet that it has something to do with that 11-point flip in the gap over the last five weeks.

Earlier, I also warned of a confidence-crisis cascade with Biden’s disgraceful performance on Afghanistan as its inflection point. Here’s more data on that from within Gallup:

Independents have shown the greatest variation in their opinions of how Biden is doing. Biden’s current 37% approval rating among independents is his lowest to date and 24 points below his personal high of 61%. Two-thirds of Biden’s slide among independents since he took office has occurred in the past three months.

Note also that Biden’s at his lowest point with both Republicans (6%) and Democrats (90%), too. The movement among both is within the margin of error, but the combination of all that drag is pulling Biden underwater and not leaving much room for a rebound. If that confidence crisis spreads to moderate Democrats, Biden won’t even be able to hold his overall floor at 40% — and the pending failures in his domestic agenda will almost certainly erode Biden’s standing among voters in his own party.

A more adept politician might find a way to regain that voter confidence and trust. Biden’s incompetence, and his innate blindness to any defect, will prevent that from happening. Democrats, especially within the administration, might have to ask themselves if they really want to go down with this ship.

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Arizona State, Colorado hit reset button after tough defeats

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Colorado and Arizona State begin conference play this weekend, and both squads are looking to rebound after disappointing losses last Saturday.

The Buffaloes (1-2, 0-0 Pac-12) nearly upset a Top 10 team in Texas A&M two weeks ago but then were dominated in a 30-0 home loss to Minnesota. The Sun Devils (2-1, 0-0) are coming off a 27-17 loss to BYU that knocked them out of the Top 25 rankings.

One team will feel better about its situation after Saturday night’s meeting in Tempe, Ariz.

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For Arizona State it is not a matter of effort but playing smarter.

“The one thing I will say, this team has never not played hard. They play physical. We’re just not playing smart,” head coach Herm Edwards said at his Monday news conference. “Since we’ve been here, this team always competes. It leaves everything they have on the grass.”

The Sun Devils have hurt themselves in the first three weeks, averaging 12 penalties for 106.3 yards per game. Arizona State had 16 penalties for 121 yards and turned it over four times against the Cougars.

Only three FBS teams average more penalty yards per game then the Sun Devils.

“We need to play a clean game, that’s next on the horizon. Can we just play a clean football game? Just play clean,” Edwards said. “Don’t turn the ball over, don’t get a bunch of penalties. Just play a clean game and see what that looks like.”

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Buffaloes coach Karl Dorrell is searching for answers after two straight games in which the offense has struggled. Colorado scored just seven points in the past eight quarters after putting up 35 points in its season-opening win over Northern Colorado.

Quarterback Brendon Lewis struggled against the Golden Gophers and was taken out in favor of fellow freshman Drew Carter, who didn’t fare any better. The Buffaloes had just 63 total yards in the shutout compared to 441 for BYU.

“We’re moving on forward to ASU and it was a really good energy today with what we’re doing,” Dorrell said Monday. “Obviously, we’re trying to get the bad taste out of our mouth and it starts with having a great preparation week so we can play well this Saturday.”

Dorrell said Carter will get more reps Saturday as the offense strives for some consistency, but he is not in panic mode.

“You can’t overreact,” he said.

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Trump Just Hit The New York Times and His Own Niece with a Huge Lawsuit

Former President Donald Trump is fighting back against The New York Times and his long-hostile niece in a lawsuit over a 2018 Times report concerning his taxes.

Trump has resisted attempts to make public his tax returns. Although a federal judge has ordered that a House panel have access to Trump’s tax returns, the billionaire is fighting that ruling, with the next hearing in the case scheduled for November.

In a book published last year attacking her uncle, Mary Trump wrote that she had released the tax returns to the Times along with 19 boxes of documents, according to CNN.

The crux of the former president’s legal argument in the lawsuit is that his niece violated a confidentiality agreement that prevented her from releasing any details of the Trump family’s finances.

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“I think he is a f***ing loser, and he is going to throw anything against the wall he can,” she said, according to The Daily Beast.

“It’s desperation. The walls are closing in and he is throwing anything against the wall that will stick. As is always the case with Donald, he’ll try and change the subject,” she said.

The lawsuit portrayed the former president as the victim of those out to get him.

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“The defendants engaged in an insidious plot to obtain confidential and highly-sensitive records which they exploited for their own benefit and utilized as a means of falsely legitimizing their publicized works,” it said.

“The defendants’ actions were motivated by a personal vendetta and their desire to gain fame, notoriety, acclaim and a financial windfall and were further intended to advance their political agenda,” the lawsuit said.

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The lawsuit painted the Times’ 2018 report outlining what it said was Trump’s financial history as a conspiracy in which anti-Trump reporters took advantage of the fault lines within the Trump family to get what they wanted.

“A group of journalists with the New York Times, in the middle of an extensive crusade to obtain Donald J Trump’s confidential tax records, relentlessly sought out his niece, Mary L. Trump, and convinced her to smuggle the records out of her attorney’s office and turn them over to The Times,” the lawsuit said.


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It said the reporters and Mary Trump knew they were breaking the rules.

“All the while, the parties knew full well that their actions were wrongful, as evidenced by their insistence on communicating through ‘burner’ phones and The Times initial claims that the records were obtained from an “anonymous” source,” the lawsuit said.

“The Times attempted to capitalize on their receipt of the confidential record through their publication of various news articles; Mary L. Trump eventually followed suit and, in an ill-conceived effort to profit from these same events, published a book revealing her as the source of the unauthorized disclosure and providing a detailed account of the defendants’ wrongful conduct,” it said.

The lawsuit said that what happened to the former president could happen to anyone, and it deserved punishment.

“Donald J. Trump’s public service to this great country aside, it is of paramount importance to note that he is a private citizen who is entitled to the same contractual rights, privileges and protections as any other person,” it said. “Yet, the defendants, through their tortious conduct, sought to deprive him of these basic, inherent rights.

“As a result, the fruits of the defendants’ illicit actions were unjustly and inequitably obtained and Donald J. Trump has suffered significant damages as a direct result of the defendants’ tortious conduct.”

The lawsuit said Trump suffered damages “believed to be no less than one hundred million dollars.”

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