By Jon Dougherty
(NationalSentinel) The Justice Department has filed a lawsuit against former Trump aide and reality TV star Omarosa Manigault Newman for allegedly failing to file a required financial disclosure report after she was fired in 2017.
The civil complaint alleges that the former “Apprentice” star “knowingly and willfully” failed to “file the required public financial disclosure report after her employment terminated with the Executive Office of the President.”
In addition, the lawsuit states that Manigault Newman was given a “post-government employment briefing” in December 2017, following her firing, in which “she was advised of her obligation … to file a termination financial disclosure report” within 30 days as part of the Ethics in Government Act.
According to the complaint, she failed to do so.
During her tenure in the Trump administration, Manigault Newman served as the director of communications for the Office of Public Liaison. She also allegedly ignored several email requests from the Justice Department, as well as from the White House Counsel’s Office, that reminded her of her obligation to complete and return requested forms and documents.
A White House attorney emailed the controversial reality star following the 30-day deadline warning she could face a $200 late filing fee. However, the complaint states, she continued to ignore repeated efforts to get in touch with her.
The offense carries a fine of $50,000, which the government is requesting that Manigault Newman be charged.
The offense is punishable by a fine of $50,000, which the government is requesting the ex-White House staffer be charged.
She saw here relationship with the president and his administration sour after she was fired by then-Chief of Staff John Kelly and began releasing tapes of encounters she had with other White House officials.
Following her dismissal, media reports circulated alleging that Manigault Newman was physically dragged out of the White House following a contentious termination.
In a statement, Manigault Newman’s lawyer John Phillips told The New York Post: “The White House chooses to abuse process and use the Department of Justice to carry out retaliation.
“The lawsuit alleges that Omarosa Manigault Newman ‘knowingly and willfully’ failed to file a report. This is untrue,” he stated.
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