Mary Trump, the president’s niece, filed suit on Thursday against President Trump and his siblings claiming her family defrauded her out of millions of dollars in inheritance, taking her fight against the president to the courts after penning a scathing book about him.
“For Donald J. Trump, his sister Maryanne, and their late brother Robert, fraud was not just the family business — it was a way of life,” Mary Trump’s New York State Supreme Court lawsuit says.
They concocted scheme after scheme to cheat on their taxes, swindle their business partners, and jack up rents on their low income tenants” before targeting the teenage Mary Trump after the death of her father, Fred Trump Jr., the suit contends.
Rather than protect Mary’s interests, they designed and carried out a complex scheme to siphon funds away from her interests, conceal their grift, and deceive her about the true value of what she had inherited,” the suit claims.
White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany dismissed the allegations when asked about them at a press briefing.
“The only fraud committed there was Mary Trump recording one of her relatives,” McEnany said, a reference to secretly recorded conversations between Mary Trump and her aunt Maryanne Trump Barry, where the president’s sister said he was a liar with “no principles. She really discredited herself,” McEnany said.
Mary Trump also claimed that her uncles’ machinations accelerated after the death of the president’s father, Fred Trump Sr., in 1999.