U.S. sues ex-Trump aide Omarosa

 

June 25 (Reuters) - The United States on Tuesday sued Omarosa Manigault Newman, the former aide to President Donald Trump and reality television star, saying she knowingly failed to file a required public financial disclosure report after she left the White House.

The government is seeking a civil fine of up to $50,000 from Omarosa, who spent 11 months as director of communications in the White House Office of Public Liaison before her December 2017 dismissal.

According to the complaint, Omarosa violated the Ethics in Government Act by failing to file the report, which was required because her salary was above a $124,406 cutoff, despite several oral and written reminders from White House ethics lawyers.

Representatives for Omarosa, as she is typically known, did not immediately respond to requests for comment. A lawyer who has represented her in other matters did not immediately respond to similar requests.

Omarosa initially shot to fame as a contestant in the first season of Trump's reality TV show "The Apprentice" in 2004, and became one of Trump's most visible African-American supporters during his successful 2016 presidential bid.

But she had what appeared to be an ambiguous role at the White House, where the New York Times said she was a difficult colleague and had been on former chief of staff John Kelly's "no fly list" of aides he deemed unfit to attend serious meetings.

After leaving the White House, she appeared on the CBS reality show "Big Brother," drawing attention for condemning Trump and his administration.

Omarosa also published a memoir, "Unhinged: An Insider's Account of the Trump White House," last August.

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In her tell-all book entitled 'Unhinged: An Insider’s Account of the Trump White House,' the former White House aide said President Donald Trump is a 'racist' who used the N-word.

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She claimed to walk in on Trump eating a piece of paper in the Oval Office.

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Omarosa claimed that Melania Trump plans to 'divorce' Trump as soon as his term is over and that she is punishing him with a 'style rebellion' until then.

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Omarosa claimed that President Trump and White House chief of staff John Kelly used 'derogatory' terms for Puerto Ricans.

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She claimed Trump wanted to be sworn in on 'The Art of the Deal' instead of the Bible at his inauguration.

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She claimed she was offered a $15,000-a-month contract and a job in exchange for her silence by President Trump's daughter-in-law and campaign adviser Lara Trump after her firing. 

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In one excerpt from the book Omarosa said, 'his mental decline could not be denied,' during an interview Trump did with NBC's Lester Holt in 2017.

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She claimed Trump questioned Harriet Tubman's appearance reportedly saying, 'you want to put that face on the twenty-dollar bill?' 

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Omarosa also claimed that Trump and KISS singer Gene Simmons talked about his daughter Ivanka's looks in front of her.

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According to the book, the president called his son, Donald Trump Jr., a 'f--k up' after he released emails about the Trump Tower meeting.

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Omarosa claimed Trump drinks 'eight cans a day' of diet coke and said she thinks it's causing his health to decline. 

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Omarosa also claimed that Trump's nickname for Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos is 'Ditzy DeVos'.

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Omarosa claimed Trump insulted Kellyanne Conway's husband, George Conway, and his Filipino heritage.

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According to the complaint filed with the federal court in Washington, D.C., Omarosa's financial disclosure report had been due by Jan. 18, 2018, one month after she left the White House.

The complaint said the White House later referred the matter to the Department of Justice, and the lawsuit was authorized on March 17, 2019, nearly a year after Omarosa had twice acknowledged receiving reminders to file the report.

The case is U.S. v. Manigault Newman, U.S. District Court, District of Columbia, No. 19-01868. (Reporting by Jonathan Stempel in New York Editing by Leslie Adler and Phil Berlowitz)

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