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Elizabeth Warren targets President Trump's sister in her 'plan to end Washington corruption'


Maryanne Trump Barry resigned shortly after an ethics probe into her past conduct was launched

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In a proposed anti-corruption plan, presidential hopeful Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) specifically called out President Donald Trump's sister, Maryanne Trump Barry, as an example of someone who got away with "misconduct" by resigning.

What did Warren say?

In a Medium post, titled, "My Plan to End Washington Corruption," published Monday, Warren laid out the details of her plan, which included closing "the loophole that allows federal judges to escape investigations for misconduct by stepping down from their post."

"Donald Trump's sister Maryanne Trump Barry resigned from the bench, ending an investigation into the Trump family's decades-long tax schemes, including potential fraud," Warren said. "Under my plan, investigations will remain open until their findings are made public and any penalties for misconduct are issued."

Barry resigned Feb. 11, less than two weeks after a court revealed that accusations against Barry were "receiving the full attention" of investigators. The president's sister stood accused of tax fraud, along with the president, that involved their father, Fred Trump, moving assets to allow his children to get a larger inheritance. This investigation came as a result of a New York Times article.

While both Trump family members were implicated in this scheme, Barry was the only one sued due to a lack of a statute of limitations on an ethics investigation into a judge.

When the judge resigned, the investigation ended. According to CNN, Barry will still receive her full pension, which could be in excess of $200,000 annually. Barry was appointed to the Federal District Court in New Jersey by former President Ronald Reagan, and later to the 3rd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals by former President Bill Clinton.

CNN reported that a lawyer for Trump called the accusations against his sister "extremely inaccurate."

Barry wasn't the only one Warren targeted

Warren also noted that "sexual assault and perjury complaints against Brett Kavanaugh were dismissed when he was confirmed to the Supreme Court," suggesting that she would find a way to make Kavanaugh, or at least justices who had been similarly accused in the future, eligible to be prosecuted after their confirmation.

What else?

Warren's plan also promised to target lobbyists, which she called the "corporate capture of our federal agencies," and to reform the country's legal system.

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