President Donald Trump’s older sister, Maryanne Trump Barry, has stepped down from her role as a federal appellate judge and thus ended the scrutiny into whether she and her siblings’ fraudulent tax schemes constitute a breach of judicial conduct.
According to a Wednesday New York Times report, the investigation was launched due to the Times reporting that Barry and her siblings financially benefited from chicanery and fraud committed in the 1990s.
Barry, 82, is reportedly an inactive judge and one step from full retirement. She resigned in February. On Feb. 1, individuals who brought complaints to the judicial conduct council’s attention received a letter from a court official saying the probe was receiving the council’s “full attention,” the Times reported. The investigation has since been dropped, as retired judges are not subject to conduct investigations.
Scott Shuchart, a lawyer who filed one of the complaints against Barry, told the Times he finds it “galling” that a minor change in her retirement status inoculates her against an investigation.