According to reports on Reuters, one of the former aides of President Trump, Omarosa Manigault Newman, has been sued by the United States. Newman, who also happens to be a reality TV star, is being accused of deliberately refusing to file public financial disclosure reports after leaving the White House. If found guilty, she will have to pay a fine of $50,000 to the country.
The United States Vs. Omarosa Manigault Newman
According to the United States Ethics in Government Act, Newman was supposed to make her financial report public since she earned more than $124,406 as salary while she was serving as director of communications of the Public Liaison office in the White House. After the eleven months she served, the ethics lawyers in the White House reminded her of the need to file the report several times.
Newman is being represented by John Phillips who said that the lawsuit against his client is retaliatory, premature and nothing more than an attempt to silence her. According to him, the only reason why she was yet to file the report is that the White House refused to give her all the documents she needed to complete it. He claims that she didn’t keep the report from the public intentionally.
Per the complaint from the United States, Newman was expected to have submitted these financial reports before the 18th of January 2018. This was about a month after she stopped working for the White House. Due to her refusal to turn in the report, the matter was taken to the Department of Justice and the lawsuit against her was authorized.
Newman first reached the public eye in the year 2004 when she contested in “The Apprentice”, a reality show which was hosted by Donald Trump. During the 2016 presidential elections, she was one of Trump’s strongest supporters. She worked in the White House in 2017.