Trump's niece seeks to money in with fraud lawsuit, ex-president's lawyer argues – Reuters

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NEW YORK, Jan 11 (Reuters) – A lawyer for Donald Trump on Tuesday accused the previous U.S. president's niece of attempting to money in on the household title by suing Trump and his siblings for allegedly defrauding her out of a multimillion-dollar inheritance.
At a listening to in a New York state court docket in Manhattan, the lawyer James Kiley rejected Mary Trump's declare that she discovered of fraud by a Pulitzer Prize-winning 2018 New York Occasions probe into Donald Trump's funds, together with his alleged efforts to keep away from paying taxes.
Kiley mentioned a 2001 settlement over the property of Donald Trump's father Fred Trump Sr put Mary Trump on discover of potential claims in opposition to her uncles and aunt, and that she waited too lengthy by not suing them till September 2020.
"She's saying the New York Occasions was just like the Rosetta Stone," Kiley mentioned in looking for the lawsuit's dismissal. "She was getting all this info (in 2001). All she needed to do was have a look at it."
Kiley additionally accused Mary Trump, now a 56-year-old psychologist, of wanting "spherical two" together with her family due to the case's notoriety.
"Are we kidding ourselves that if the title on this case wasn't Trump, this case would have by no means been introduced?" he mentioned. "The plaintiff is seizing on sensationalism and politics to convey a declare that shouldn't get previous the courtroom entrance door."
The case had its roots within the 1981 loss of life of Mary's father, Fred Trump Jr, the older brother of Donald Trump, who left the then 16-year-old Mary a worthwhile actual property portfolio.
Mary Trump claimed that her uncles Donald and Robert Trump and aunt Maryanne Trump Barry have been supposed to guard her pursuits however as an alternative siphoned cash away, and "squeezed" her out by the 2001 settlement.
"Fraud is a secret factor," Mary Trump's lawyer John Quinn mentioned. "She didn't have the experience and the assets the Occasions had, and she or he didn't have any discover that there was fraud."
Quinn mentioned the defendants fell "properly quick" of conclusively displaying in any other case, which means the lawsuit ought to proceed.
The defendants have denied the fraud claims in Mary Trump's lawsuit.
Justice Robert Reed, overseeing the case, didn’t say when he’ll rule.
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Mary Trump can also be being sued by Donald Trump, who accused her, the Occasions and three reporters in September of operating an "insidious plot" to use his tax information with a view to fulfill private vendettas, advance political agendas and generate profits.
A few of Mary Trump's allegations about Donald Trump have been in her best-selling 2020 tell-all, "Too A lot and By no means Sufficient: How My Household Created the World's Most Harmful Man."
Gary Freidman, a lawyer for Maryanne Trump Barry, tried at Tuesday's listening to to show the e-book in opposition to Mary Trump.
"She writes in her e-book, 'we knew on the time we have been being lied to,'" Freidman mentioned. "That signifies that she had some responsibility at the moment … to maybe look somewhat additional and somewhat deeper, not wait 20 years."
He additionally mentioned the 2001 settlement gave the defendants a "broad, broad normal launch" from Mary Trump's claims.
Maryanne Trump Barry is a retired federal choose. Robert Trump died in August 2020. Kiley additionally represented Robert Trump's property.
Donald Trump and his namesake Trump Group additionally face a prison probe by Manhattan District Lawyer Alvin Bragg, which state Lawyer Normal Letitia James has joined, and a associated civil probe by James.
Tax avoidance is among the many points being probed. Donald Trump has not been accused of prison wrongdoing.
The instances are Mary L. Trump v Donald J. Trump et al, New York State Supreme Court docket, New York County, No. 654698/2020, and Donald J. Trump v Mary L. Trump et al in the identical court docket, No. 453299/2021.
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