Omarosa Manigault Newman “has a stash of video, emails, text messages and other documentation” of rampant fear and loathing inside the Trump White House, The Associated Press reported on Friday.
In an appearance on MSNBC, the one-time White House aide played a tape of a conversation with Trump daughter-in-law and 2020 campaign strategist Lara Trump that came after Omarosa had been fired by the White House in late 2017. The secretly recorded audio reveals Lara Trump offering Omarosa a job with the Trump re-election campaign at a salary of $15,000 a month, which would add up to $180,000 for a year.
The taping frenzy story didn’t end there. The New York Times reported Friday that Omarosa has as many as 200 tapes.
Lara Trump, in a statement made public shortly after the Omarosa tape dropped, confirmed the conversation. “When Omarosa was fired by the White House Chief of Staff in December of 2017, my entire family was concerned for her because we had no idea about the basis of her dismissal,” she said. “We still wanted her on our team because we cared so much about her personally. That’s why I reached out to offer her a position with the 2020 Trump Campaign before we knew anything about the gross violations of ethics and integrity during her White House tenure.”
That valiant attempt at spin aside, it’s clear that the Trump operation either a) wanted to buy Omarosa’s silence in the wake of her removal from the White House or b) thought enough of Omarosa’s skill set to retain her services for the duration of the campaign. And it’s very hard to imagine that it was option “b,” given that White House chief of staff John Kelly fired Omarosa because of what he described as “some pretty, in my opinion, significant integrity issues.”
We know what Kelly said in firing Omarosa because, of course, she was secretly taping that conversation — which happened in the Situation Room! — too.