The White House is looking into legal options against former aide Omarosa Manigault NewmanOmarosa Onee Manigault NewmanSunday shows preview: Virginia lawmakers talk Charlottesville, anniversary protests Omarosa book claims Trump wanted to be sworn in using ‘Art of the Deal’ instead of the Bible Trump scorches Omarosa ahead of book release: ‘She’s a lowlife’ MORE after she secretly recorded chief of staff John KellyJohn Francis KellyMORE in the Situation Room, ABC News reported Sunday.
The administration reportedly wants to block Manigault Newman from releasing any more tapes and punish her for the recording she revealed on NBC’s “Meet the Press” earlier Sunday, which was taped during Kelly’s firing of her back in December.
White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said in a statement Sunday that 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,” Huckabee Sanders continued.
A number of journalists, national security experts and former White House staff raised alarms about the dangers of recording in the Situation Room — the highly sensitive space where phones and electronic devices are prohibited for security reasons.
Former White House press secretary Sean SpicerSean Michael SpicerAnonymous vows to take down, expose QAnon Ex-Bill Clinton spokesman: We’ve never had a president ‘incapable of telling the truth’ Spicer: Any Trump affairs are ‘between him, his wife, and his God’ MORE called Manigault Newman’s taping “a massive violation of security protocol.”
“She taped the chief of staff for the White House in the Situation Room, clearly a violation of every security protocol that she signed when she applied for a security clearance,” Spicer said on “Fox News Sunday.”
Manigault Newman released the tape in conjunction with her book tour for “Unhinged: An Insider Account of the Trump White House.”
Excerpts of the explosive memoir released this week include the former aide claiming that Kelly fired her when he knew she was close to getting the audio of Trump using a racial slur.
Trump on Saturday called Manigault Newman a “lowlife” following a number of other incendiary claims.
Published at Mon, 13 Aug 2018 01:19:05 +0000