Deviously treacherous former White House staffer Omarosa Manigault Newman oozed in front of the television cameras on Monday, pandering to the far-left leaning audience of ABC’s The View with another secretly recorded tape of President Donald Trump.
Once again she came up with a lot more hype than actual substance. The fact she’s airing these tapes in the first place is making many conservatives wonder why she isn’t Reality Winner’s cellmate. Legal experts say it’s virtually certain she broke the security rules, but aren’t ready to go out on a limb to say that anything she released, so far, broke the law.
Any effective top executive likes to sit in on lower level meetings, once in a while, just to show they are accessible to the troops. In October of 2017, President Trump casually dropped in on a meeting of the White House communications and press teams.
Ms. Manigault Newman misleadingly characterized it as “crashing” the meeting. “He came into the meeting, he sat down, and he starts rambling from topic to topic.”
Because she wasn’t much interested in current conservative events, what the President was saying was entirely lost on her. “None of it makes sense,” she pouted on TV, referring to the President’s statements.
It might not have made sense to her but that doesn’t mean it didn’t make sense to others in the room.
While sitting with a group of media messaging experts, President Trump vocalized what was on his mind. “The real Russia story is Hillary and collusion. Somebody told me… Hope, you told me, it was $9 million they spent on the phony report.”
Sarah Huckabee Sanders replies, “closer to six” and Hope Hicks adds, “someone just said, ‘She’s far worse for the country than we thought if she didn’t know her own campaign was spending $9 million.’”
Trump acknowledged hearing both figures. In any event, President Trump noted, because of the way Hillary Clinton’s money was spent through a law firm it could turn out to be anything. “It was spent through a law firm that way they can’t trace it.”
There was a note of pride in his voice at the results Team Trump had handed him, “but they traced it,” he praised.
“This way you don’t have to give any papers. But they found out. It’s definitely illegal and it’s illegal from a campaign stand point, from a campaign financing stand point. So, the whole Russia thing, I think, seems to have turned around.”
Sanders agreed wholeheartedly, “absolutely,” she chirped.
Whoopi Goldberg thinks that calling it a lie will make it one. “You knew he wasn’t telling the truth but folks still cheered him on,” Goldberg prodded.
The Daily Mail points out, the law firm was Perkins Coie and their “role was revealed because the law firm sent a letter to Fusion GPS, telling the research firm it was released from a client-confidentiality agreement.”
“The Clinton campaign,” they continue, “paid Perkins Coie $5.6 million in legal fees from June 2015 to December 2016, The Post reported, citing campaign finance records. The Democratic National Committee paid the firm $3.6 million since November 2015.”
Another clip that Manigault Newman leaked has liberals foaming at the mouth over an alleged breach of political correctness.
During a discussion about a Nigerian ambush where four American soldiers were killed, President Trump was recorded saying “There were people in many cases, that were in the Middle East, that now got to Africa to try and, you know, cause problems there. And ultimately they wanna come back here, because this is where they really wanna be. So it’s a rough, uh, business. I wouldn’t, I don’t think I’d want to be a terrorist right now.”
The liberals are upset he’s joking, while ignoring all the laughter that confirms the majority of those gathered agreed with the President’s assessment.
“They were laughing because he’s like, making light of the situation,” Manigault Newman whined on MSNBC. “He’s saying, I wouldn’t want to be a terrorist and then you hear the laughter and he continues on to talk about ‘I don’t want to be in that business but it is not a laughing matter. We lost four American soldiers and four of our allies.”
Earlier this month, news outlet Axios revealed the method Manigault Newman used to defeat White House security and make the clandestine recordings.
According to an unnamed source, it turns out she used her personal cellphone together with her government issued phone. She would set her personal phone to record, sitting quietly in her purse or pocket, then dial its number from her work phone, set to speaker. When she walked into the meeting, she was already recording.
She was well aware she shouldn’t be doing things like that. The “source” related to Axios that “Omarosa wouldn’t write me on email or text me. Many [conversations] happened on Facebook Messenger (she didn’t want what happened to Hillary Clinton and her emails to happen to her.)”
She apparently trusts social media a lot more than she should have. Facebook isn’t all that secure, as recent testimony and news reports warn.
Even when she secretly recorded her meeting with John Kelly in the White House Situation room, she might not have been breaking the law. The White House Chief of Staff used “one of the most high-security locations in the White House” to fire her.
It’s obvious to insiders, liberal news outlet Vox reports, that she “broke with established safety protocols but there was no classified information discussed.” If it turns out she did record or share any “sensitive information that you’re not legally authorized to have,” Steven Vladeck explains, it would be a violation of the Espionage Act.
“If she and John Kelly had a discussion in the Situation Room about whether the Washington Nationals have enough relief pitching and she recorded it, that would not be illegal. But if she recorded and released a conversation about the president’s classified daily briefing, that would absolutely be illegal,” the University of Texas national security law professor confirms.