The Justice Department on Tuesday sued Omarosa Manigault-Newman for failing to file financial disclosures after she was fired from her White House position in December 2017.
In the complaint, Assistant Attorney General Joseph Hunt said that Manigault-Newman violated the Ethics in Government Act by “knowingly and willfully” failing to file a financial disclosure after her ouster.
Hunt said that White House personnel officials asked Manigault-Newman to file the document seven times after she was fired on Dec. 19, 2017.
Manigault-Newman worked on the Trump campaign and served as director of communications for the White House’s office of public liaison.
“Ms. Manigault Newman has been aware since on or before December 19, 2017, that she was subject to the [Ethics in Government Act] and was required to file a termination financial disclosure report within thirty days of the termination of her employment within the Executive Branch,” the complaint says.
“Notwithstanding the numerous attempts to obtain her compliance, Ms. Manigault Newman has not filed her termination financial disclosure report even though her employment within the Executive Branch ended, as of this filing, more than 180 days ago.”
The DOJ lawsuit seeks a $50,000 penalty against Manigault-Newman, who rose to national attention as a chief villain on “The Apprentice,” the reality TV show that Donald Trump hosted for NBC.
After leaving the White House, Manigault-Newman published a book, “Unhinged,” which accused Trump of being racist. She also released tape recordings of conversations she had with Trump associates and White House officials.
The Trump campaign took Manigault-Newman to court last August, accusing her of violating the terms of a non-disclosure agreement.
Trump hit back at Manigault-Newman after her book release, calling her a “crazed, crying lowlife.”
When you give a crazed, crying lowlife a break, and give her a job at the White House, I guess it just didn’t work out. Good work by General Kelly for quickly firing that dog!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 14, 2018
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