Mary Trump made similar allegations in a civil suit in Manhattan just two months after she claimed in a tell-all book that her family cheated on her out of her inheritance. In her best-selling memoir, President Trump’s niece, Mary L. Trump, told a family story that revealed the details how she claims her relatives, and the president among them, tricked, bullied and ultimately cheated her out of an inheritance worth tens of millions of dollars.
More than two months after the book was published, and a little more than one month before the election, Ms Trump told her story on Thursday, this time in a lawsuit.
The suit that was filed in the State Supreme Court in Manhattan accused Mr Trump, Maryanne Trump Barry, his sister, and Robert Trump, their brother, who died in the month of August, civil conspiracy and fraud. The lawsuit seeks to recover the millions of dollars Ms Trump claimed to have lost.
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In the first sentence of the lawsuit, it says that, for the Trumps, “fraud was not just the family business, it was a way of life.” Beginning in the 1980s, the suit contends, that the president and his siblings took control of the New York City real estate empire Fred Trump Sr., their father, had built and “exploited it to enrich themselves” to the detriment of everyone around them.
The 55-year-old Ms Trump claims to be one of the victims of her family. Her suit described a plot against her, broken dramatically into three separate acts, The Grift, The Devaluing, and The Squeeze-Out. It recounted a narrative that started in the year 1981, when Ms Trump’s father, Fred Trump Jr., unexpectedly died, leaving her, at age 16, with a valuable minority stake in the family empire. The story ends nearly 40 years later, when Ms Trump says she learned that President Trump and his siblings “used their position of power to con her into signing her interests away.”
This was the lawsuit that was filed against Mr Trump. On Thursday, Kayleigh McEnany, the White House press secretary, defended the president at a news conference, saying, “The only fraud committed there was Mary Trump recording one of her relatives, and she has discredited herself.” The family lawsuit was the latest legal action to make claims against the president in his capacity.