Trump’s Sister Retires Over Trump Family Tax Fraud

JM Ashby
Written by JM Ashby

A sprawling New York Times report that detailed nearly a century of Trump family tax fraud did not lead to meaningful consequences for Trump himself, at least not yet, but Trump's older sister is taking one for the team.

Judge Maryanne Trump Barry has filed for retirement to end an ethics investigation that was inching closer to further exposing the whole Trump family.

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.

Judge Barry, now 82, has not heard cases in more than two years but was still listed as an inactive senior judge, one step short of full retirement. In a letter dated Feb. 1, a court official notified the four individuals who had filed the complaints that the investigation was “receiving the full attention” of a judicial conduct council. Ten days later, Judge Barry filed her retirement papers.

The status change rendered the investigation moot, since retired judges are not subject to the conduct rules.

Just because having the Trump's lifelong family fraud scheme exposed to the public has not led to meaningful consequences for the Trump family yet does not necessarily mean I think it never will. New York state tax authorities are still conducting an ongoing investigation and the power of the presidency won't protect the Trumps forever.

No one is going to jail for this, but bills are going to come due. The state will come for its money.

  • Draxiar

    This week really has me out for blood. I don’t want salvation for Republicans…I want blood. Not a rational way to think so it’s best for me that it’s Friday and Game of Thrones is coming back.

  • Christopher Foxx

    The status change rendered the investigation moot, since retired judges are not subject to the conduct rules.

    Nice little racket, that. “I think I’ll rape and pillage for a while. What? You’re going to investigate what I’ve done? OK, I retire. Now nothing I’ve done counts.”

  • muselet

    This is annoying, but not much more than that.

    Maryanne Trump Barry announced her retirement to avoid possible administrative punishment. She’s hardly the first judge to do this, and she won’t be the last.

    An investigation by the New York State Department of Taxation and Finance makes more sense. Barry—and possibly the entire Trump family—could end up facing civil and perhaps even criminal penalties. I’m perfectly fine with that trade-off.