Maryanne Trump Barry, the elder sister of the late President Donald Trump, passed away as per CNN as it was informed by two people with knowledge of the situation. She was 86 at the time of passing.
President Ronald Reagan appointed Barry, a former federal judge and prosecutor, to the Federal District Court in New Jersey in 1983. She retired in 2019 after President Bill Clinton appointed her to the 3rd Court of Appeals in 1999.
Her departure coincided with an inquiry into whether she had committed tax fraud in violation of judicial conduct guidelines in response to New York Times reporting that claimed the former president and his siblings had inflated their inheritances through tax methods.
A disclosure form from Barry’s Senate confirmation that presented a $1 million contribution from a Trump family-owned company reportedly played a vital – though inadvertent – role in uncovering the alleged fraud.
Because she retired, the investigation into Barry closed, leaving her entitled to an annual retirement salary and free from judicial rebuke. Her attorney denied the allegations.
Meanwhile, Donald Trump who is the front-runner for the Republican presidential nomination even as he faces dozens of criminal charges in four cases, has had a number of personal losses in the last several years.
His younger brother, Robert S. Trump, died in 2020, and the president held a funeral service for him at the White House. His first wife, Ivana Trump, died in 2022.