President Donald Trump’s niece, Mary Trump, gained widespread prominence with the release of her recent tell-all family memoir and outspoken criticism of the president in numerous media appearances.
In the most recent development, she has filed a lawsuit against her uncle and other family members, claiming that she was defrauded out of millions of dollars in inheritance, as reported by The New York Times.
“A way of life”
The lawsuit was filed on Thursday and makes the claim that she was “fleeced” out of money she should have inherited after the death of her father, Fred Trump Jr., when she was a teenager, according to ABC News.
In addition to the president, the lawsuit names his late brother, Robert, and sister, Maryanne Trump Barry.
The court document opens with an apparent jab at her own relatives, asserting that “fraud was not just the family business — it was a way of life.”
As for the Trump administration, White House Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany was quick to dismiss the lawsuit while attempting to discredit the woman behind it.
“The only fraud committed there was Mary Trump recording one of her relatives and she has really discredited herself,” she said, according to The New York Times.
“To the tune of millions of dollars”
As for whether the lawsuit has any merit, that is an issue for the legal process to resolve. In the meantime, though, the president’s many media critics are sure to harp on all of the sordid claims that might emerge.
According to the complaint, Mary Trump is seeking more than $500,000 in compensatory damages plus punitive damages.
The suit claims that her relatives “swindled her” and “conspired with her trustee, maneuvered to steal her money and lied to her about it.”
“We now know that under the guise of supposedly taking care of their teenage niece after her father’s untimely death, Donald, Robert and Maryanne Trump perpetrated elaborate schemes to defraud Mary Trump in order to enrich themselves to the tune of millions of dollars at her expense,” Roberta Kaplan, one of Mary Trump’s attorneys, claimed, according to ABC.
Considering her obvious grudge against her uncle and the proximity of Election Day, however, it is impossible to rule out a political motivation for the timing of this latest wrinkle.