Former White House aide Omarosa Manigault Newman was a media sensation a few weeks ago when she released recordings she made while employed in the Trump administration. Omarosa was promoting her new book about her days in the White House when she disclosed that much of what is discussed in her “tell all” book can be verified due to the recordings she made of conversations that people thought were private.
Since Omarosa’s recordings were made public, people in the White House have been very embarrassed because they represent a massive breach of security.
So how did Omarosa get away with recording everything that happened in an environment that is supposed to be highly secured?
Well, according to Axios, it was all done on her personal cell phone.
According to the source:
- She carried two cell phones with her at all times, but kept her personal phone hidden, and letting people see only her government-issued phone.
- She said she recorded almost all of her conversations by putting the conversations on her work phone on speaker. She would then record the conversations using her personal phone in her pocket or purse.
- Before going into White House meetings, Omarosa said she press “record” on her personal phone which was hidden.
Concerning why she did it, Omarosa said that she made the recordings so she could go back and refer to them later instead of depending just on her memory of what was said in the meetings. She also said she wanted to “cover her own butt” indicating a level of paranoia that might have been appropriate in the circumstances.
Many people have asked why Omarosa was able to make the secret recordings so easily in the White House where national secrets are discussed daily on a routine basis. The only explanation that has come out is that people in the White House didn’t pay much attention to personal phones until it was later discovered that almost everyone had one. Leaking of confidential information from inside the White House was discovered to be a big problem, but only after Trump had been in office for many months.
Since her book tour began several weeks ago Omarosa has released several revealing recordings made during her time in the White House.
In one recording, chief of staff John Kelly can be heard firing her from her White House position. Omarosa apparently secretly recorded this conversation with Kelly in the White House Situation Room, from which electronic devices are supposed to be banned.
Omarosa has said several times that she believes making the recordings and releasing them was the right thing to do.
“If I did not have this recording, people would still believe the false, incredible story that I was running around the White House … that I tried to charge the residence of the White House. People would still think that I was trying to set off alarms,” she told Chuck Todd on NBC’s “Meet the Press” at the time. “So yes, I recorded myself and I have no regret about it.”
A former White House press secretary last month called Manigault Newman‘s taping of Kelly “a massive violation of every security protocol.”
Omarosa recently said she is ready to testify at Donald Trump’s impeachment trial.
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