Maryanne Trump Barry, former federal appellate judge in Philadelphia and sister to Donald Trump, died at 86 in her Manhattan home. Her retirement in 2019 from the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit followed a probe into family finances, sparked by reports of questionable tax schemes.
Barry, appointed by Reagan in ’83 and later promoted by Clinton, had retired amidst investigations into her involvement in the family’s financial affairs.
She’d taken a step toward retirement after her brother’s 2017 inauguration, ceasing case hearings but retaining her salary.
Secret recordings by niece Mary Trump revealed Barry’s criticism of her brother’s governance, citing his lack of principles. With her passing, Trump now has one surviving sibling, Elizabeth Grau, 81, after the deaths of his two brothers.
Barry’s legacy, clouded by financial scrutiny, echoes a complex familial relationship within the Trump circle.