WH Journalist Says Omarosa Bullied Her With ‘Physical Intimidation’

"This story suggests that as a reporter, you are (or were) a paid Clinton surrogate," Manigault said. "This could be hurtful to your legacy and the integrity of your work."



Omarosa Manigault, the former "Apprentice" star, has taken conflict and controversy with her right up to the White House.

Manigault, who is now a communication official on President Donald Trump’s team, allegedly threatened and “physically intimidated” a White House reporter just outside press secretary Sean Spicer’s office.

April Ryan of American Urban Radio Networks alleged Manigault tried to bully her by levying false accusations against her and making verbal threats to ruin her career. She said the communications official sent her an email in October accusing the White House reporter of being a paid journalist by Democratic rival Hillary Clinton and told her the White House kept a “dossier” of people like her.

Referring to a story in the Intercept that listed Ryan among the reporters Clinton hoped to influence, Manigault wrote, “This story suggests that as a reporter, you are (or were) a paid Clinton surrogate.”

“I pray this is not true!” Manigault added. “This could be hurtful to your legacy and the integrity of your work.”

In a separate email, Manigault urged Ryan to “protect your legacy!!”

“You have worked too hard to have people question your ethics as a journalist,” she wrote. “People talking trash about the reporters on that list having NO integrity. It’s hurtful to hear people say those things about you.”

Ryan passionately denied the charges stating the former reality TV star was trying to hurt her “integrity and career.”

“I’ve been [covering the White House] for 20 years,” Ryan said in an interview. “I plan to be here for the next 20 years. You don’t mess with someone’s livelihood.”

She also said that during the encounter outside the Oval Office she was afraid Manigault was going to do her some physical harm.

“She stood right up in my face like she was going to hit me,” Ryan said of the encounter. "I said, ‘You better back up.’”

“She thought I would be bullied. I won’t be,” added Ryan. “It’s just ugly. She’s trying to harm my integrity and my career.”

Manigault had nothing to say about the accusations except “My comment: Fake news!”

However she did not specify what about the news was false.

This isn’t the first time Manigault has threatened people with keeping tabs on them — particularly those who have criticized Trump’s administration.

During trump’s election party in New York, Manigault said of Sen. Lindsey Graham, “It’s so great our enemies are making themselves clear so that when we get in to the White House, we know where we stand.”

“Let me just tell you, Mr. Trump has a long memory and we’re keeping a list,” she added.

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