Former “Apprentice” star and White House aide Omarosa Maginault-Newman reported last Wednesday that she secretly taped conversations with Mr. Trump. She has been promoting her new book “Unhinged: An Insider’s Account of the Trump White House.”
Now, on Monday, Omarosa claimed that she “absolutely” has more tapes. Omarosa said on NBC’s “Velshi & Ruhle:”
‘They’ve been threatening legal action. They’re trying to figure out how to stop me. They’re trying to penalize me because I would not accept the $15,000 a month deal that they offered me for the fake job on the Trump campaign.’
Maginault-Newman went on to say:
‘So I’m expecting that they’re going to retaliate. And so, I’m just going to stand back and wait.’
Omarosa released to audio recordings and one was a secret recording of John Kelly firing her.
— Meet the Press (@MeetThePress) August 12, 2018
On the tape, John Kelly can be heard saying that Omarosa can “go on without any type of difficulty” meaning there would be do damage to her reputation “if we make this a friendly departure.” Kelly said:
‘I think it’s important to understand that if we make this a friendly departure, we can all be, you know you can look at your time here in the White House as a year of service to the nation. And then you can go on without any type of difficulty in the future, relative to your reputation.’
Maginault-Newman conducted the recording in the Situation Room, which is an area that strictly forbids use of cell phones and electronic devices. People are required to give them up before entering and she may have violated national security protocol in doing so.
GOP Congresswoman Ronna McDaniel tweeted:
‘Secretly recording conversations in the Situation Room isn’t just wildly inappropriate, it’s a threat to our national security. If she broke federal law, she should be prosecuted.’
Trump didn’t waste anytime ranting on Twitter on Monday morning.
‘You know, I think it’s sad that with all the things that’s going on in the country that he would take time out to insult me and to insult my intelligence. This is his pattern with African-Americans, and he doesn’t know how to control himself.’
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