With her uncle Robert now deceased, President Trump's niece, Mary Trump, has committed to her scorched-earth campaign to embarrass her uncle, the president, in a way that - she probably hoped - might stir up legal action and possibly impact the election.
Various investigations into President Trump's financial dealings continue, but apparently Mary Trump - who reported in her book that her uncle once complimenter "her figure" by exclaiming 'Wow, Mary. You're stacked' after seeing her in a bathing suit - didn't provoke the response she was hoping for.
Apparently unwilling to give up just yet, she and her legal team have decided to file a lawsuit against her uncle accusing him and his siblings of conspiring to keep her from receiving her share of her inheritance. Mary is the daughter of Trump's deceased brother Freddy, the family's purported black sheep, who died of alcoholism-related complications in his early 40s.
CNN, which got the scoop on the lawsuit filing, reports that in the filing, Mary Trump's lawyers argue that she was defrauded by her relatives not out of spite but simply because that's what they do.
In the lawsuit, filed in New York state court against the President, his sister Maryanne Trump Barry and the estate of their late brother Robert Trump, Mary Trump asserts that for the Trumps, "fraud was not just the family business—it was a way of life."
The lawsuit accuses her two uncles and her aunt, a retired federal judge, of conspiring amongst themselves and with several other parties, including a trustee appointed to act on Mary's behalf, to give her "a stack of fraudulent valuations" and force her to sign a settlement agreement that "fleeced her of tens of millions of dollars or more."
"Rather than protect Mary's interests, they designed and carried out a complex scheme to siphon funds away from her interests, conceal their grift, and deceive her about the true value of what she had inherited," the lawsuit says.
The lawsuit appears to be based partly on aspects of the Trump's family inheritence that were first reported by the NYT two years ago.
Other accusations were initially detailed in Mary Trump's book: "Too Much and Never Enough: How My Family Created the World's Most Dangerous Man." Unsurprisingly, it has been a best-seller.
CNN relitigates the allegations in detail in its report (you can find that here if you're curious), but the gist is that her uncles Donald and Robert worked together with her aunt Maryanne Trump Barry to become the sole executors of their father's estate. They then used all sorts of tricks and schemes, according to the lawsuit, to siphon money away from her late father Fred Trump Jr.'s estate, disguising some of the dealings as legitimate business.
Trump's legal team has yet to comment on the news. We suspect a solid settlement and an NDA will soon be signed, and Mary Trump will go back to being the relatively anonymous niece of the president. Because if nothing else, this lawsuit shows why Trump started working with the media in the first place.