“The Justice Department filed a lawsuit Tuesday against former White House staffer and reality TV star Omarosa Manigault Newman, alleging she failed to file a legally required financial disclosure after she was fired from her job in the Trump administration,” the AP reports.
“The suit alleges Manigault Newman, who worked as the director of communications in the White House office of public liaison, violated the federal Ethics in Government Act,” the report adds. “The law requires some federal employees to file public financial disclosure reports.”
The Justice Department says Manigault Newman, who was terminated in December 2017, was required to file a final public financial disclosure report within 30 days and failed to do so.
“The lawsuit describes repeated emails from White House officials reminding her that she needed to file the disclosure,” the AP reports. “As part of the lawsuit, the government is asking a federal judge to compel Manigault Newman to file the financial disclosure report and impose a penalty against her of up to $50,000.”
Manigault Newman said in a statement provided to the AP that she has been trying to retrieve six boxes of personal items, including financial records needed to complete the report.
She’s quoted saying in the statement: “The White House has admitted that they have my things in multiple emails and phone calls and yet refuse to return these items. This lawsuit as well as the arbitration is political retribution from the White House plain and simple.”