President Donald Trump’s older sister, federal appellate Judge Maryanne Trump Barry, has retired — ending a judicial investigation into whether she broke judicial conduct rules by committing tax fraud, according to a still-unreleased court filing.
The New York Times first reported Barry’s retirement, saying Barry filed her retirement papers in February, just 10 days after court officials notified complainants that the matter was “receiving the full attention” of a judicial conduct council.But because Barry retired, the investigation automatically closed.
“In concluding these proceedings, the Judicial Council does not reach the merits of complaints,” the judicial council of the 2nd US Circuit Court of Appeals wrote of Barry’s case in an April 1 document obtained by CNN.
The document refers to Barry as an “inactive senior judge.”
The court’s investigation was prompted by a Times report last fall alleging that the Trump family had participated in tax schemes to maximize Trump, Barry and their siblings’ inheritances.