Thursday, January 21, 2021

Omarosa Recorded ‘Potentially Damaging’ Meetings with Donald Trump

*According to The Daily Beast, former Apprentice contestant and White House aide Omarosa Manigault-Newman allegedly recorded meetings with Donald Trump. She is now leveraging recordings that are “potentially damaging” to the administration while shopping her forthcoming “tell-all” book, titled “UNHINGED”.

One person confirmed to the news outlet they had heard at least one of her recordings featuring Trump. Multiple sources familiar with the so-called “Omarosa tapes” described the recordings as everyday chatter.

A spokesperson for Simon & Schuster, Manigault’s publisher, would not confirm or deny the existence of the recordings. “Without commenting on the specific contents of UNHINGED,” the spokesperson said, “we are confident that Omarosa Manigault Newman can substantiate her highly-anticipated account of life inside the Trump White House.”

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In a page from the book obtained by The Daily Beast this week, Manigault describes her and Trump’s daughter’s mission to purge the White House of “leakers,” with former White House communications director Anthony Scaramucci leading the effort.

“Along with his comms directorship, Scaramucci had a secondary job. He was apparently the hired hitman,” Manigault writes. “Very low-key, Ivanka [Trump] went around to the original Trumpers, the loyal soldiers, and asked the team to compile a list of suspected leakers. I’d already said my piece about Katie Walsh directly to Donald, and she’d been let go. But Ivanka wanted a new list and, once she had it, she would give it to Scaramucci, so he could fire them all. The final list that was texted to me on July 22 had ten names on it.”

Manigault then lists former administration colleagues who were suspected of leaking: Vanessa Morrone, Lindsay Walters, Janet Montesi, Raj Shah, Kelly Sadler (“she of the John McCain is ‘dying anyway’ comment; live by the leak, die by the leak”), Lara Barger, Ory Rinat, Kate Karnes, Michael Short, and Jessica Ditto.

“Anthony would start firing them all, after a quick rally in Ohio,” the page continues.

Scaramucci, however, would last only 11 days on the job before getting fired by Chief of Staff John Kelly.

Short explained to The Daily Beast on Wednesday that he “never once engaged in an unauthorized leak during my tenure. I was never confronted about being responsible for an unauthorized leak during my tenure. No one has presented a shred of evidence that I was responsible for unauthorized leaks. And much of my time in the White House was spent cleaning up after unauthorized leaks, and I was a target of them myself.”

Shortly following her ouster from the Trump administration late last year, Manigault made a series of media appearances, including “Celebrity Big Brother,” where she told housemate Ross Mathews that she wouldn’t vote for Trump again, not “in a million years, never.”

Those close to Trump say he felt betrayed by Omarosa after her Big Brother appearance. White House Principal Deputy Press Secretary Raj Shah told reporters back in February, “Omarosa was fired three times on The Apprentice, and this is the fourth time we let her go.”

He added, “she had limited contact with the president while here,” and, “she has no contact now.”

Ny MaGee
Ny MaGee is a screenwriter and freelance reporter from Chicago -- currently living in Los Angeles and covering A-list entertainment for various outlets, including Emmys.com. She has worked for: Miramax, MTV & VH1, The Jim Henson Company, Hallmark Channel, Paramount Pictures, and for iconic indie film producer Roger Corman.

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