Many pundits and political observers believe Omarosa Manigault Newman is wading into dangerous currents after she released a secret recording of her termination from the West Wing by Donald Trump’s chief of staff John Kelly.
This was just one of the multiple times the reality TV star-turned-Trump supporter-turned-Trump enemy admits that she clandestinely recorded privileged information that her colleagues and superiors were unaware of.
Meanwhile, Trump’s people are considering taking legal action against the bombastic woman on two fronts: One, to prevent Manigault Newman, 44, from releasing more secretly-recorded tapes, NBC News reports; and, two, to punish her for secretly recording her conversation with Kelly, according to ABC News.
“The very idea a staff member would sneak a recording device into the White House Situation Room, shows a blatant disregard for our national security — and then to brag about it on national television further proves the lack of character and integrity of this disgruntled former White House employee,” said White House press secretary Sarah Sanders, according to ABC.
Sanders’ scolding comes right after Omarosa, who is known mostly by her first name, unloaded extremely inflammatory information on “Meet the Press” on Sunday morning. The secret recording, she says, disproves the widely-circulated rumor that she was dragged from the White House campus by the Secret Service.
The recordings, however, also prove that Omarosa was not truthful in stating that she resigned from her position instead of being fired.
On the tapes that were played on “Meet the Press,” viewers could hear Kelly tell her that her firing was the result of “serious integrity violations.” Many media outlets, as an example, reported that Omarosa hosted a wedding party at the White House without getting advance approval.
Kelly also said Omarosa’s termination involved “money issues” and “legal issues” that could get nasty for her. He says she’d be subject to legal action, but that wouldn’t be necessary if she quietly exits.
He also informed Omarosa the firing can be done one of two ways — the easy way or the hard way. In what sounded like a thinly-veiled threat, Kelly informed Omarosa that if she chose the latter it would create difficulty for her with respect to her “reputation.”
Check out the entirety of the secret recordings as supplied by NBC’s “Meet the Press.”