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Trump Attacks Niece Mary’s Estate-Fraud Claims as Too Late

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Former President Donald Trump slammed as “pre-textual” his niece Mary’s argument that her lawsuit claiming she was defrauded of much of her inheritance decades ago wasn’t barred by a two-year statute of limitations.

Mary Trump, who wrote a damning tell-all book about the family last year, sued in September claiming her aunt and two uncles conspired for decades to skim tens of millions of dollars off her inheritance after her father and then her grandfather died. Though an earlier will dispute was settled in 2001, Mary Trump claims she first learned of the alleged fraud from an October 2018 New York Times report on Donald Trump’s finances and argues the statute should run from the article’s publication date.