Revealed: The Family Member Who Turned on Trump
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Donald Trump's niece, the daughter of his late brother, will publish a scrapbook this summer that, according to people with knowledge of the project, contains "shocking and brutal" stories about the president.
Mary Trump, 55, the daughter of Fred Trump Jr. and eldest grandchild of Fred Trump Sr., is expected to release Too Much And Never Enough on August 11, a few weeks before the Republican Convention.
One of the most explosive revelations that Mary will describe in detail in the book, according to people familiar with the matter, is how she played a vital role in helping the New York Times print surprising revelations about Trump's taxes, including his involvement on "fraudulent" taxes and had received more than $ 400 million in today's dollars from his father's real estate empire.
As she will explain in her book, Mary has been a major source of the newspaper's Pulitzer Prize investigation, providing the newspaper with Fred Trump Sr.'s tax returns and other highly confidential family financial documents.
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Details of the book are being closely guarded by his publisher Simon & Schuster, but The Daily Beast has learned that Mary plans to begin talks with Trump's sister, retired federal judge Maryanne Trump Barry, which contains intimate and damned thoughts about her brother in people with Knowledge of the matter.
Mary Trump has stayed out of the public eye and hasn't spoken publicly for decades - but in 2000, amid a fierce battle before the Family Court for Fred Trump Sr.'s sake, she told the New York Daily News: "It's in the face of this family it like that. " It would be absolutely naive to say that it has nothing to do with money. But for both me and my brother, it has a lot more to do with having our father [Fred Jr.] recognized, "she said.
Fred Trump Jr., the first-born son and once heir to his father's real estate empire, worked for Trans World Airlines after turning his back on the family business.
He died of a heart attack in 1981 from complications from his alcoholism at the age of 42, leaving behind a son, Fred the 3rd, and a daughter, Mary, who has a doctorate. in clinical psychology.
The circumstances of Fred Trump Jr.'s descent into alcoholism are also voiced in the book, with allegations that Donald and Fred Trump Sr. contributed to his death and neglected him at critical stages of his addiction.
In a 2019 interview, Donald Trump admitted to putting pressure on his brother, but said he came to regret it. "I regret putting pressure on him," Trump told the Washington Post. When talking about his brother and the family business, Trump said it was "just something he would never want".
"It just wasn't his thing ... I think the mistake we made was that we assumed everyone would like it. That would be the biggest mistake ... A kind of double pressure was put on him, ”Trump admitted.
After the children of Fred Jr. filed their messy trial against the family - denying their grandfather's will and claiming it was "through fraud and undue influence" from Donald and his siblings - they emphasized Donald's persistent treatment of family members As with the siblings Maryanne and Robert, he interrupted medical services for his nephew William's sick child, who was born with cerebral palsy. The move, the family said at the time, was a repayment for Mary and Fred, the third challenge to the will.
This trial brought out a treasure trove of the Trump family's confidential and highly sensitive financial documents, including Fred Trump Sr.'s tax returns, which would fall into the hands of the New York Times almost two decades later and would form the basis for one of the documents' most impressive journalistic work of the past few years.
In June 2019, The Daily Beast reported how the New York Times Trump tax team imploded when four-time Pulitzer Prize winner David Barstow became a villain and aggressively pursued a source of her breakthrough investigation to write her book and secure a six-digit payday - A Step that is explicitly prohibited by the Times ethics rules.
This story detailed how Barstow went behind his colleagues' backs and chased the source - which was not his source initially - even after his editors told him not to do the book.
Barstow even went so far as to make a surprise visit to the source's apartment after they stopped communicating with him, stayed at least three hours, and rang the front and rear doorbells several times as the person hid in their house .
"The source was freaking out. The source felt penetrated. They hid until he left the residence, ”a person who was aware of the situation said to The Daily Beast, adding that the source was considering calling the police.
While the Times editor-in-chief, Dean Baquet, helped Barstow with his questionable ethical decisions and claimed that he had acted appropriately, Barstow soon left the paper to take a position as head of the investigative reporting program at the University of California Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism.
At the time of publication, The Daily Beast did not name the source and took extensive measures to protect its identity. However, in the upcoming book, Mary Trump will emerge as a source for The Times and explain how she worked with journalists Russ Buettner, Susanne Craig and Barstow to crack the story, people with knowledge of the matter.
The book will surely send shock waves from Washington and the Trump family just a few months before the election, and it will follow shortly after John Bolton's highly anticipated memoir. But unlike all books by former Trump employees, it is the first time that a Trump family member has written a tell-all that is extremely critical of the president.
The bad blood between President Trump and his niece stems from the fight for Fred Trump Sr.'s sake and the measures he has taken to cut off financial and medical support for her brother's sick child. Now this feud will come to the public during a critical election year, and the president is trying to support its declining popularity.
"My aunt and uncles should be ashamed," said Mary Trump of Donald Trump and his siblings in this rare 2000 interview that previews the tone of her book. "I'm sure they aren't."
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