Omarosa Manigault Newman ordered by judge to pay more than $60,000 in Trump-era ethics case
The case revealed that Manigault Newman failed to comply with federal ethics requirements that public servants file financial information when leaving government employment.
While a matter of compliance, over the past few years Manigault Newman’s departure and litigation has turned into a juicy drama between Trump’s White House powers and a well-known combat personality. once in his lap.
Since then, Manigault Newman has publicly criticized Trump, calling him a racist, releasing tapes she recorded in his administration and writing a book about him called “Unhinged.”
“The question remains…are there two systems of justice in this country. One that allows those who violate the Hatch Act and the Emoluments Clause a slap on the wrist and one that orders a fine without previous (highest in history) for an alleged unintentional accident you did not fill out a form? she wrote.
After Manigault Newman left the White House, administration attorneys repeatedly reminded her that she had not filed her final financial statement. Manigault Newman did not make the deposits.
She claimed, according to court documents, that the White House got it wrong on the final day, and she told the court that the Trump administration held hostage boxes containing her personal belongings and other files she had. need.
Still, the judge, Richard Leon of the DC District Court, found Manigault-Newman liable to a civil penalty of $61,585 and ordered him to pay the costs to the US Treasury within a month. This amount is the maximum penalty of $50,000 for the violation, plus inflation.
“Manigault Newman deliberately violated the [Ethics in Government Act]Leon wrote in a 15-page notice Tuesday. The judge noted that Manigault Newman was “well aware of her obligation” to make her latest disclosures and had “received countless reminders.”
“This conduct establishes a willful violation,” the judge added.
Leon also decided that Manigault Newman, one of the best-known faces of Trump’s era as a reality TV honcho who has kept a public persona since his escape 18 years ago, would have enough funds. to make the payment.
She earned a salary of $179,700 in her White House position and is a partial beneficiary of a million-dollar trust, the judge said.
His attorney, John Phillips, told CNN on Tuesday that his client may appeal and criticized the Biden administration for pursuing the case. “They played games with the system,” Phillips said, adding that current Attorney General Merrick Garland “is supposed to return stability and sanity to government. It’s the opposite of that.”