Published: Sun, April 14, 2019
Worldwide | By Jermaine Blake

Trump's sister retires, negating judicial ethics complaints

Trump's sister retires, negating judicial ethics complaints

Judge Maryanne Trump Barry, the elder sister of President Trump, retired as a federal appeals court judge days after she came under investigation over a fraudulent tax scheme involving the president that was reported previous year by the New York Times.

Judge Theodore McKee, another of Barry's 3rd Circuit's colleagues, told The Associated Press that Barry was a meticulous judge who protected the court's reputation, and to the extent the complaints "may have cast aspersions on that, I know she would have been very concerned".

Maryanne Trump Barry (right) was a senior inactive judge, which is the step taken usually before full retirement, and had not heard a case in over two years.

The investigation was prompted by a New York Times bombshell report last fall indicating that the Trump family had participated in tax schemes to maximize Trump, Barry and their siblings' inheritances.

One of the complaints was filed by lawyer Scott Shuchart, who quit his job at the Department of Homeland Security because he thought the Trump administration's family separation policy was unconstitutional. The order ending the probe, dated April 1, which doesn't name Barry, cites allegations that she might have committed misconduct "relating to tax and financial transactions".

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Barry, 82, received a letter in February informing her of complaints the court had received stemming from the report and said the investigation was "receiving the full attention" of a judicial conduct council, the Times reported on Wednesday.

According to the Times investigation, Barry was the co-owner of All County Building Supply & Maintenance, a shell company created by the family to siphon millions from Fred Trump's real estate empire. That should be an impeachable offense.

The paper concluded that the properties were later sold over the next decade for over 16 times that amount.

'I think it's appalling that we're continuing to pay this criminal and that she now has completely avoided effect, 'Shuchart added. She's been a federal judge on the U.S. Third Circuit Court of Appeals, where she was appointed by President Bill Clinton in 1999.

Fred Trump transferred cash and property to his children and set up a trust... It said that the transfer should have produced a tax bill of at least $550 million, but that the children paid only about $52.2 million.

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