A detailed New York Times investigation published Tuesday implicates Trump family patriarch Fred Trump and his children in questionable tax schemes, including fraud, to increase the family fortune and possibly evade taxes.
One Trump family member should be particularly concerned about the possibility of impeachment as a result of the revelations. And it’s not the president.
Maryanne Trump Barry, the sister of President Donald Trump, is a senior judge on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit, which is based in Philadelphia. In June of 2011, the now 81-year-old Barry took senior status, a form of semi-retirement that still allows judges to hear and rule on cases. She then moved to inactive senior judge status in 2017, and does not appear on the Court’s online roster of judges.
Inactive senior status means that a judge retains judicial authority and can return to active senior status. A judge on inactive senior status may have no staff and do no work, but still receives any cost-of-living increases and other benefits. According to the Federal Judges’ Association, there are roughly 100 federal district or appellate judges on either inactive senior status or disabled status. The statute that sets forth the options for judicial retirement allows a judge to “retain the office but retire from regular active service.”