Mary Trump, the president’s niece, whose scrapbook messed up the Trump family, is suing the Commander-in-Chief and his siblings, accusing them of fraud to deprive her of millions of dollars associated with the family’s real estate.
The lawsuit, filed in a New York court on Thursday and received by The Daily Beast, names Donald Trump, federal judge Maryanne Trump Barry, and their late brother Robert Trump for alleged fraud and civil conspiracy.
“For Donald J. Trump, his sister Maryanne and their late brother Robert, fraud wasn’t just a family business – it was a way of life,”
Mary Trump claims in the lawsuit that Donald Trump and his siblings have “exploited” their father Fred Trump Sr.’s real estate empire since the 1980s and “used it to enrich themselves”.
The program, which allegedly included tax cheating, business partner cheating and jacking up rents for low-income renters, was brought “closer to home” after Mary Trump’s father Fred Trump Jr. died in 1981 when Mary was 16 years old .
“Rather than protecting Mary’s interests, they designed and implemented a complex program to divert funds from their interests, hide their grip and mislead her about the true worth of what she had inherited,” the lawsuit said says.
Many of the allegations in the lawsuit are similar to those in Mary Trump’s July book, Too Much and Never Enough: How My Family Created the Most Dangerous Man in the World. The Daily Beast first carried news of the book, which was embroiled in litigation prior to its publication.
The lawsuit, however, goes in more detail than the book, stating that the Trump siblings “threatened to bankrupt Mary’s interests” and “ended the health insurance that kept their nephew – a child with cerebral palsy – alive”.
Then they presented her with a pile of fraudulent reviews and a so-called settlement agreement and forced her to sign it. All in all, they fled them with tens of millions of dollars or more. “
The lawsuit, which seeks to reclaim the millions allegedly lost by Mary Trump, lists three “fraudulent schemes against Mary” that were not only illegal in themselves, but also “built on one another.” The schemes are listed in three sections of the suit: “The Grift”, “The Devaluing” and “The Squeeze-Out”.
“My father died when I was a teenager, and my Uncles Donald and Robert and Aunt Maryanne were supposed to protect me as my trustees and trustees,” Mary Trump said in a statement to The Daily Beast Thursday.
“I recently learned that they are not protecting me but betraying me by secretly working together to steal from me, telling lie after lie about the value of what I have inherited, and tricking me into doing everything for a fraction give away from its true worth. I am bringing this case to justice and regaining what is rightfully mine. “
White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany said Thursday in response to the lawsuit, “The only fraud committed there was Mary Trump who recorded one of her relatives and she has really discredited herself.”
Following the unexpected death of Mary Trump’s father in 1981, Mary and her brother had no knowledge of the value of the minority interests they suddenly acquired in the Trump real estate empire, the lawsuit said.
Because of her age, a lawyer named Irwin Durben, who had been part of the Trump world for years, was appointed as a trustee for her.
However, according to the lawsuit, Durben was “irrevocably in conflict” in his role as Mary’s trustee and frequently appeared with other family members over their own interests. He “ultimately agreed” with the Trump siblings in their campaign to “oust them completely from the family business,” she claims. Durben died in 2016.
In the 1990s, the lawsuit states, “Donald Trump and his siblings maneuvered to take control of the family empire,” while Fred Sr., then nearing his nineties, struggled with Alzheimer’s.
His decline offered the siblings “an opportunity to position themselves to capitalize on his impending death,” the lawsuit states. “And while they were first competing with each other – with a palace intrigue reminiscent of the HBO series Succession-eventually [they] have worked together to consolidate their power and advance their own interests at the expense of everyone else, including Mary. “
In 1991, according to the lawsuit, Donald Trump secretly commissioned Durben to draft a code or amendment to a will that would give the future president “complete control” over his father’s estate. After the Patriarch rejected the codicile, the lawsuit alleges that Maryanne, now a federal judge, “finished the job” by receiving a revised will naming her and her brothers as executors of her father’s estate.
According to the lawsuit, this newfound power allowed them to develop and implement the three plans. Programs included allegedly shifting the value of Mary Trump’s interests to companies she already owned, lowering the value of her interests through fraudulent appraisals and deals, and allegedly pressuring her niece to sign a settlement after she did threatened to bankrupt their interests and overturn their health policies.
The plans were allegedly all carried out after 1995, when the will of Fred Trump Sr. was to be carried out, and were intended to give Trump and his siblings control of the real estate empire.
In a particularly disturbing example of the siblings’ seizure of power, the lawsuit describes a meeting Robert Trump had with his niece in 1999 at the Drake Hotel in Manhattan. Robert Trump allegedly threatened to bankrupt Mary’s interests if she failed to comply with the siblings’ demands that they “let you pay taxes on money you won’t have for the rest of your life.”
Despite the threats, Mary Trump and her brother Fred Trump III continue to fight the family. On March 23, 2000, the siblings filed a legal challenge to their grandfather’s will. But according to the latest lawsuit, it only “increased” the pressure on her aunt and uncles.
The lawsuit says the family cut health insurance payments to Mary Trump in “an act of unfathomable cruelty” at Maryanne’s suggestion. Eventually, as Mary Trump’s legal fees and family pressures began to grow, Donald Trump and his siblings took the opportunity to squeeze [Mary] out of their interests ”by telling her that they would not resolve the dispute if she did not give up their interests.
Even then, the siblings provided their niece with false degrees and “willful lies riddled reviews” in order to lower the amount they had to pay to buy them.
“Through each of these programs, [the siblings] Not only have they deliberately cheated on Mary, but they have also kept her in the dark – until now, ”the lawsuit says.
Bitter divisions within the Trump family have only deepened since Donald Trump became president. Robert Trump, who died in August, sued Mary Trump for suspending publication of her book, which sold more than a million copies in the first week.
The president called his niece “unstable”. In return, Mary Trump, a clinical psychologist, released parts of secret notes she made with Maryanne Trump Barry in 2018 and 2019, in which the federal judge criticized the president.
Under the 15 hour tape, Trump told Barry that the president “has no principles” and “is cruel”.