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Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump and Omarosa Manigault (R) attend a church service, in Detroit, Michigan, U.S., September 3 2016. (Carlo Allegri)

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Journalist claims Omarosa Manigault threatened her with ‘dossier’ of negative information during argument

February 14, 2017

Reporter April Ryan has claimed that Omarosa Manigault, Apprentice villain turned White House communications director, “physically intimidated” her during an altercation outside the Oval Office. But that, perhaps, is not the most disturbing element of Ryan’s allegations. According to The Washington Post, Manigualt also said that Trump officials have collected “dossiers” of negative information about Ryan and other African-American journalists.

Ryan is a White House Correspondent for the American Urban Radio Networks. She and Manigualt used to be friends, but reportedly fell out after Manigault sent two emails to Ryan during the presidential race, accusing her of accepting money from Hillary Clinton’s campaign. The argument, which broke out in front of the office of White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer, appears to have stemmed from these emails.

“[Manigault] stood right in my face like she was going to hit me,” Ryan told the Post. “I said, ‘You better back up.’ .?.?. She thought I would be bullied. I won’t be.”

Manigault, Ryan said, also claimed that she and several other African-American journalists are the subjects of White House “dossiers.” Manigault has said in the past that President Trump keeps a “list” of Republicans who did not support him during the presidential race.

When asked by the Post to comment on Ryan’s claim, Manigault replied via email, “My comment: Fake news!”

Read the full story at The Washington Post.


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