Omarosa Manigault Newman's former White House colleagues are looking into legal options to stop her from releasing more tapes and to punish her for secretly recording her conversation with Chief of Staff Gen. John Kelly, White House officials tell ABC News.
Manigault Newman, who starred on Trump's show "The Apprentice", was sacked from her administration position in December amid allegations of misconduct, including trying to stage her wedding photos on White House grounds.
"They take me into the Situation Room, the doors are locked, they tell me I can't leave and they start to threaten me, put fear in me, to put me under duress", she said in an interview on NBC's "Meet the Press" that featured the recording.
She says, "I heard his voice as clear as you and I are sitting here". "He should have been denouncing what we saw as clearly racist Nazis". "Whether she actually heard the tape or not, she worked on 'The Apprentice.' She is probably trying to curry some favor with the African-American community".
"The first time I ever heard Omarosa suggest those bad things about this president are in this book, and I think that Omarosa unfortunately has undercut her own credibility", she said on ABC's "This Week".
A former White House staffer who has written a bombshell memoir of her time serving under President Donald Trump released a secret tape Sunday of the chief of staff firing her. "I also never heard Omarosa complain that he had done that", she continued.
Ms Newman justified her action by saying that she had felt the need to protect herself.
Todd asked why she did not come to this conclusion sooner, noting that Trump had said many things over the years that people considered racist, including calling Mexicans "rapists" or saying that "both sides" were to blame for bloodshed during the white nationalist march in Charlottesville last year. "People are making decisions about us, without us".
White House aides are exploring what punishment she could face for the purported recording in the Situation Room and in the building, according to a senior administration official. "And then you can go on without any type of difficulty in the future relative to your reputation".
"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", the White House press secretary, Sarah Huckabee Sanders, said in a statement late Sunday. Omarosa married her second husband in 2017 in the ballroom of Trump's luxury Washington hotel. Newman also said it was the only meeting she had with Kelly during her time at the White House.
Conway said "that is not what was offered" to Newman. "They told me I could work from home, if I even wanted to work".
Former White House lawyers and government ethics experts have said the agreements raised serious legal questions and reflected Trump's refusal to submit to the norms of public disclosure or respect free speech rights.