Mark Corallo, an Army veteran who once served as a spokesman for President Donald Trump's legal team, says that Trump son-in-law Jared Kushner waged a smear campaign against him after he refused a job at the Trump White House.
According to an excerpt of a book called "Kushner, Inc." published by ABC News, the campaign against Corallo began after he rejected Kushner's pleas to work as the White House Communications Director.
"Don’t you want to serve your country?" Kushner asked him at the time.
"Young man, my three years at the butt end of an M16 checked that box," Corallo replied, according to author Vicky Ward.
Shortly afterward, Corallo received a call from a reporter who told him that one of Kushner's minions had been dispatched to trash Corallo's reputation.
"What did you do to Jared and Ivanka?" the reporter asked him.
One source described as "close" to Trump's legal team told Ward that such actions were common among Trump White House officials who crossed either Kushner or first daughter Ivanka Trump.
"[They're] the type of people who, if you don’t pretty much indicate quickly that you’re happy to shove your head up their ass, you’re immediately a threat," the source explained.
Corallo eventually resigned from his job as the Trump legal team's spokesman just two months after taking the job. Author Michael Wolff claimed in his book "Fire and Fury" that Corallo had left the White House in part because he believed that Trump had obstructed justice.