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Senior White House official mentions 'dossier' on reporter

Incident Details

REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque

Omarosa Manigault (L), aide to U.S. President Donald Trump, stands beside White House spokesman Sean Spicer (R) at a press briefing at the White House in Washington, U.S., February 14, 2017.

— REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque
February 8, 2017

April Ryan, a White house correspondent for American Urban News Networks, claims that she was “physically intimidated” by a political aide in the White House on Feb. 8, 2017.  Omarosa Manigault, the Director of Communication for the Office of Public Liaison, and Ryan got into a heated argument near the White House press secretary office, according to the Washington Post

Among witnesses of the confrontation were various White House staffers and Washington Post reporter, Abby Phillip. 

Ryan claims that Manigault, who was appointed by president Trump and served as his campaign's Director of African-American outreach during the campaign, accosted her and threatened her with a “dossier” containing negative information. Ryan said that Manigault told her that several African American journalists were subjects of dossier, according to the Washington Post. 

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