Trump's Judge Sister Retires, Ending Federal Tax Probe

Trump's Judge Sister Retires, Ending Federal Tax Probe”

A judicial ethics probe of President Donald Trump's older sister, Circuit Judge Maryanne Trump Barry, has ended with her retirement from the federal judiciary.

Barry, 82, will be able to collect her judicial salary in retirement.

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.

Scott Shuchart, a lawyer who filed one of the complaints against Barry, told the Times he finds it "galling" that a minor change in her retirement status inoculates her against an investigation.

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. It said the properties were later sold over the next decade for over 16 times that amount.

Her formal retirement was revealed in an April 1 order signed by a senior court official in NY, where her case was assigned to avoid conflicts of interest with other judges who know her in the third district.

Barry's retirement led to rendered the investigation moot as retired judges are not subject to the conduct rules.

"There was no fraud or tax evasion by anyone". 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.

The Times reported Trump's parents transferred over $1 billion to their children. 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.

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.

An attorney for President Trump denied The Times report, calling it "100 percent false" and "highly defamatory".

Barry, who was appointed to the federal bench by Ronald Reagan in 1983 and elevated to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit by Bill Clinton in 1999, said on her 1999 financial disclosure form that her share of the All County income had been more than $1 million over the previous 17 months.

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