Do you hear that sound? The constant, maddening drip drip drip of details which Omarosa has been promising to deliver in her tell-all Unhinged: An Insider’s Account of the Trump White House which goes on sale on Tuesday and is already an Amazon bestseller available now for pre-order?
It is also the sound of a cell phone recording from the situation room–a top-secret hiding place behind a White House curtain where you must be very, very quiet or else it’s your turn to refill the presidential Coke machine–where Omarosa recorded John Kelly firing her. The recording, which is making the rounds since she released it to Meet the Press this morning, has been condemned as a national security breach by former White House staffers and GOP leaders alike.
That Omarosa would take the phone into the situation room isn’t that surprising, since there have reports since January that everybody allegedly knew she recorded meetings all the time. It’s that everybody allegedly knew she recorded meetings all the time and still didn’t check her for a recording device. According to a New York Daily News source, she was so notorious for recording conversations that she contributed to the White House’s cellphone ban, which is enforced by “men in suits” who sweep the halls of the White House to confiscate personal devices. Soon after her firing, the source told the New York Daily News that we should not be surprised if she “has secret audio files on everyone in that White House, past and present staffers included.” A fresh report by the Daily Beast confirms that she did indeed have recordings of White House staff including Trump and “leveraged” them while getting her book deal. In essence, if you get the drift, Omarosa records shit.
And yet, here’s the alleged recording:
John Kelly: We’re gonna talk to you about leaving the White House. It’s come to my attention over the last few months that there’s been some pretty, in my opinion, significant integrity issues…I think it’s important to understand that if we make this a friendly departure we can all be, you know you can look at your time here in the White House as a year of service to the nation. And then you can go on without any type of difficulty in the future relative to you reputation.
Omarosa Manigault-Newman: Can I ask you a couple questions? Does the president, is the president aware of what’s going on?
Kelly: Don’t....let’s not go down the road. This is a non-negotiable discussion.
Manigault-Newman: I don’t want to negotiate. I just I’ve never talked, had a chance to talk to you general Kelly so if this is my departure I’d like to have at least an opportunity to understand...
Kelly: We can, we can talk another time. This has to do with some pretty serious – integrity violations. So I’ll let it go at that. So the staff and everyone on the staff works for me not the president.
The bombshell here is obviously that (if authentic) Kelly seems to be threatening to smear her reputation if it’s not a “friendly departure.” Trump called her a “low-life.”
Ann Coulter is jealous.
Maybe turn off Twitter come Tuesday.