Trump's sister retires to avoid fraud investigation

Trump's sister advocated for judicial independence

Trump's sister advocated for judicial independence

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 a year ago by the New York Times.

A judicial panel began the review in response to four citizen complaints filed in October after The New York Times published a story alleging the president and his siblings evaded inheritance taxes.

The report noted: "Judge Barry not only benefited financially from most of those tax schemes, The Times found; she was also in a position to influence the actions taken by her family".

At 82, she's been an inactive senior judge on the court not hearing cases, according to a New York Times report Wednesday night. On Feb. 1, individuals who brought complaints to the judicial conduct council's attention received a letter from a court official saying the probe was receiving the council's "full attention", the Times reported.

The 15,000-word Times report previous year said that Trump's father, Fred, transferred ownership of most of his real estate empire to his four living children before he died in the late 1990s.

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

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Barry's retirement ended the investigation immediately because retired judges are no longer subject to judicial conduct rules.

The Times reported Trump's parents transferred over $1 billion to their children. Given the House Democrats' thirst to impeach President Donald Trump, it seems rather likely they would have pursued impeachment proceedings against Judge Barry should the judicial council have recommended them.

Scott Shuchart, a former lawyer at the Department of Homeland Security who filed one of the complaints, told the Times that he found it "galling" that Barry would receive a pension despite the misconduct allegations "just because she changed from one form of retired status to another".

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An attorney for President Trump denied The Times report, calling it "100 percent false" and "highly defamatory". That should be an impeachable offense.

"I think it's appalling that we're continuing to pay this criminal and that she now has completely avoided outcome", Shuchart added. She was appointed to a federal district court by President Ronald Reagan in 1983 and elevated to the 3rd Circuit by President Bill Clinton in 1999.

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