Former White House aide Omarosa Manigault Newman was ordered to pay more than $61,000 after a federal judge ruled on Tuesday that she “deliberately” refused to file financial disclosure documents after being fired from the Trump administration in 2017.
The Government Ethics Act of 1978 required Manigault Newman, who served as director of communications for the White House Public Liaison Office, to file a public financial disclosure report within 30 days of his dismissal. on December 12, 2017. His report was not received. until September 2019, three months after a federal lawsuit was filed against her for non-compliance, the feds said.
“Manigault Newman’s years of non-compliance with EIGA after ‘numerous written and verbal reminders’ is a ‘flagrant’ violation warranting the imposition of ‘the full sentence’,” the judge concluded. American District Richard Leon, while ordering him to pay the maximum. Penalty of $50,000, plus an additional $11,585 for inflation.
Manigault Newman, who claims the litigation is a retaliatory measure because she criticized former President Donald Trump and the Trump administration since her firing, suggested on Twitter On Tuesday, she was unfairly punished by the judge for what she called an “alleged involuntary failure to file a form.”
Following her dismissal, the former ‘The Apprentice’ star had received more than 100 notifications, including weekly automated emails, about the 30-day filing deadline through an online government platform where the report could be submitted. . White House staff also sent him several emails offering help, including an option to extend the deadline, the government said.
It wasn’t until March 2018, during a phone call with a White House staffer, that Manigault Newman acknowledged her failure to comply with the registration request and received the multiple notifications. electronics. However, she always refused to comply because, in her opinion, her termination date was wrong. She said her last day in office was January 20, 2018.
A White House ethics attorney, who had contacted her about the missed deadline, provided Manigault Newman with White House records confirming her dismissal in December.
“His continued dissatisfaction with this date was not a reason to withhold the dismissal report,” Leon said in his judgment.
“There is also no doubt that Manigault Newman knowingly failed to report,” he added. “As explained above, the government has informed Manigault Newman of its EIGA obligations multiple times via email, telephone, and automated notifications from integrity.gov.”