“The very idea a staff member would sneak a recording device into the White House Situation Room,” notes White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders, “shows a blatant disregard for our national security.”
Bragging about it afterward is even worse, Sanders related on Sunday in an emailed statement. “To brag about it on national television further proves the lack of character and integrity of this disgruntled former White House employee.” Omarosa Manigault Newman is making the television rounds promoting her new book, “Unhinged.”
The leaked tape of Manigault Newman’s firing was only the beginning, another quickly followed of her phone call with President Donald Trump, after she was given the ax. There may be more. However, the problem is that her threats have already been blasted by the people she supposedly sourced.
“I’ve never heard of a more serious breach of protocol,” exclaims Ned Price. “Not only is it not typical, something like this is unprecedented.” Price worked for Barack Obama as National Security Council spokesman. “The Situation Room is the inner-most sanctum of a secure campus.”
Omarosa’s driving “need” for publicity, status, and wealth, made her a glaring target for compromise by America’s enemies, according to some, exploiting her “habit” as a fame junkie.
The point is driven home by the way she’s contradicted everything she said publicly while working for Trump. Supporting him does not pay as well, so she apparently sold out.
“Pity for Omarosa as she embarrasses herself by creating salacious lies and distortions just to try to be relevant and enrich herself by selling books at the expense of the truth. ‘Unhinged,’ indeed,” quips Katrina Pierson, who is named in Omarosa’s mud-flinging speculation.
President Trump’s attorney, Rudy Giuliani, is convinced “she’s certainly violating national security regulations, which I think have the force of law,” he explained to Fox News.
When she was called into the situation room by chief of staff John Kelly and a team of lawyers, Manigault Newman already had the recorder running in her pocket.
Selective portions of what was captured were aired Sunday on left-leaning NBC, more was released in print on their website.
“It’s come to my attention over the last few months that there’s been some pretty, in my opinion, significant integrity issues related to you,” a voice attributed to Kelly declares. Omarosa thought her celebrity as a former co-star of “the Apprentice” entitled her to special privileges.
According to an attorney specializing in national security, Bradley Moss, “protocol absolutely dictates you place that phone into the lockers right outside the Situation Room. I’ve put my cell phones in similar lockers at government facilities, it’s non-negotiable.”
He also describes how all visitors to the White House are screened, but “in-house staff operate on an honor system, which Omarosa clearly violated… and it is clear she deliberately meant to do so.”
As the transcript reveals, Kelly got straight to the point. “These are lawyers. We’re going to talk to you about leaving the White House.”
“It’s come to my attention, over the last few months, that there’s been some pretty, in my opinion, significant integrity issues related to you and use of government vehicles and some other issues.”
As a favor to President Trump, Kelly tried to reward Omarosa’s previous loyalty by smoothing things over enough to keep her out of jail.
On Monday, President Trump tweeted clarification. “I told him to try working it out, if possible, because she only said GREAT things about me – until she got fired!”
Kelly again indicated the lawyers. “These gentlemen will explain it. We’ll bring a personnel person in after they talk to you.” None of that part of the tape has been made public.
Kelly reiterated that he would “like to see this be a friendly departure,” allowing her to “look at your time here… in the White House as a year of service to the nation.”
When she asked, “is the president aware of what’s going on?” Kelly replied “let’s not go down the road. This is a non-negotiable discussion.” He made it perfectly clear to her “the staff and everyone on the staff works for me, not the president.”
Another tape is reportedly floating around. Omarosa claims she only heard it herself recently, until then she “was aware” it existed but hadn’t verified it. The tape is purported to capture President Trump using the “N” word on an Apprentice set.
Manigault Newman lists two people as having knowledge of the tape to confirm it, pollster Frank Luntz, and Katrina Pierson who is a Trump campaign aide.
On Friday, Luntz took to Twitter to debunk the claim. “I’m in @Omarosa’s book on page 149. She claims to have heard from someone who heard from me that I heard Trump use the N-word.
Not only is this flat-out false (I’ve never heard such a thing), but Omarosa didn’t even make an effort to call or email me to verify. Very shoddy work.”
Pierson issued a statement that appeared in DailyMail. She has “never heard President Trump ever use the derogatory language that Omarosa claims.” Also, she “never confirmed the existence of an alleged tape from ‘The Apprentice’ to her as she said today.”
On Sunday, Kellyanne Conway appeared on ABC to push back. Not only has Conway never heard the president say anything remotely like he is charged with, “I also never heard Omarosa complain that he had done that. And so the only thing that’s changed is that she’s now selling books.”
In a scathing comparison to Judas of biblical fame, Conway blasted, “I understand whether it’s 30 pieces of silver or a seven-figure book advance, people do change their loyalties and change their mind. But I would refer you to Omarosa’s own comments. Very glowing appraisal of this president’s work and this president’s work with respect to the African American community.