In the lawsuit filed in New York State Court against the president and his sister Marian Trump Barry and the property of their late brother Robert Trump, Mary Trump asserted that for the Trump family, “fraud was not just a family business – it was a way of life.”
The lawsuit accuses her uncles and aunt, who is a retired federal judge, of conspiring among themselves and with several other parties, including the appointed guardian to act on Mary’s behalf, to give her a “pile of fraudulent assessments” and forcing her to sign a settlement agreement that “stripped her of tens of millions of dollars or more.”
“Instead of protecting Mary’s interests,” the lawsuit says, “they designed and executed a complex scheme to withdraw money from her interests, conceal her loss, and deceive her about the true value of what she inherited.”
The president’s lawyer, who is being sued in his personal capacity, did not immediately respond to a request for comment. Representatives of Barry and Robert Trump’s property did not immediately respond to requests for comment.
Mary Trump has previously indicted numerous charges in the lawsuit, including in her July book “Too Much and Never Enough: How My Family Created the Most Dangerous Man in the World.”
In the book, she says that she broke off her grandfather’s will as a result of the death of her father, and Robert Trump allegedly made it clear to her that she was excluded because her father died of alcoholism and was not about to inherit a share of the wealth. She also says that her grandfather hated her mother. Mary Trump and her brother sued the Trump family, and reached a settlement including a nondisclosure agreement that Robert Trump, who died in August, tried and failed to implement before her book was published.
Mary Trump also accused Donald Trump of trying to “steal copious sums from his siblings” by secretly trying to alter his ailing father’s wish to get his brothers out of control of the family’s wealth.
Mary Trump was 16 at the time of her father’s death in 1981, and she and her brother Fred Trump III inherited minority stakes in his huge real estate holdings.
Because Mary was a teenager, the lawsuit says, an attorney named Irwin Durbin, who was Trump’s father’s attorney and CEO of entities linked to Trump, was appointed to act as guardian on her behalf.
But, according to the lawsuit, Durban, who died in 2016, was “in an irreparable conflict” as she sided with Mary’s family members over her own interests, “and ultimately acquiesced in the defendants’ campaign to remove her from the entire family business.”
By the 1990s, with Trump Sr. contracting Alzheimer’s disease, Mary Trump’s lawsuit alleged, his sons Donald, Robert and his daughter Marianne competed with each other at first, “with palace intrigue reminiscent of the HBO series” The Succession, but then worked together to push Their interests come at the expense of others.
In 1991, Donald secretly approached Durban, according to the lawsuit, to get him to draft a law to give Donald full control of his father’s property. After his father rejected the law, Marian “completed the job,” receiving a revised will that named her, Donald and Robert, the enforcers of their father’s property.
According to Maryam, they created and implemented three schemes.
In the first, according to the lawsuit, they allegedly stole value from their interests to the entities they own while portraying the transactions as legitimate businesses. The second lawsuit states that they were alleged to have devalued their interests by using fraudulent financial valuations and data. In the third, they allegedly pressured her to sign a settlement by threatening to bankrupt her interests and cancel the healthcare policy of her infant nephew, who had seizures and was later diagnosed with cerebral palsy, according to the lawsuit.
In addition to alleging that Trump committed the largest fraud, Mary Trump’s lawsuit accuses them of breaching their fiduciary duty and committing a negligent misrepresentation.
The lawsuit states: “Through each of these plots, the defendants did not deliberately defraud Mary while her right was right, but rather kept her in her ignorance until now.”