Do It: Trump Campaign, Aides Might Sue Omarosa Over Breaking Non-Disclosure Agreement

Deanna Kelley
August 14, 2018

Lynne Patton, a Trump campaign aide and assistant to one of the President's sons, told fellow campaign officials on a call in October 2016 that she confronted Trump about the existence of the tape and that he denied it, according to a recording of the call publicly released Tuesday morning by Manigault Newman on CBS.

Not coincidentally, Donald Trump this morning tweeted that Omarosa is a "dog" and a "crazed, crying lowlife" who he gave "a break" when he gave her a job at the White House.

Manigault Newman, meanwhile, claimed that she believed her firing was related to her knowledge of a tape made in the early 2000s, in which Trump supposedly uses "the N-word".

After the recordings were made public, Trump lashed out her on Twitter, calling her "Wacky Omarosa".

Manigault Newman also alleges that Trump allies tried to buy her silence after she left the White House, offering her $15,000 a month to accept a "senior position" on his 2020 re-election campaign along with a stringent nondisclosure agreement.

Manigault Newman would not earn national notoriety for being fired, however, until 2004, when as one of the contestants in the first year of NBC's reality TV series The Apprentice, she was dismissed by now president Trump. I don't have that word in my vocabulary, and never have. "Look at her MANY recent quotes saying such wonderful and powerful things about me - a true Champion of Civil Rights - until she got fired", he continued.

That is the name of the initiative recently launched by first lady Melania Trump that calls for children to speak online with "respect". I've got all the time you need.

Asked about the pact, she told MSNBC: "I don't believe that I violated it", adding that she would leave that to lawyers to sort out.

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The competing storylines came as Trump and his associates escalated their attacks on Manigault Newman, who was sacked from the White House in December. "#2 burn that ugly yellow dress you wore on the @TODAYshow and choose something more professional looking & maybe this interview will go a little smoother". "I can't wait for her next book: Donald Trump, Something's Wrong with His Hair".

Jiang also noted that Trump spokesperson Katrina Pierson had also denied the conversation took place in an interview with Ed Henry on Fox News on Monday night.

He hurled angry tweets at his former friend, as he prepared to return to the White House following an 11-day vacation in New Jersey.

". When people are chosen by a man to go into government at high levels and then they leave government and they write a book about a man and say a lot of things that were really guarded and personal, I don't like that", Trump said.

Dana Perino, who served as press secretary to President George W. Bush, said Newman exhibited "outrageous" behavior by taking a recording device into the Situation Room, where nothing is supposed to be taped.

Trump tweeted Monday that Manigault Newman has a "fully signed Non-Disclosure Agreement!" After growing up in a housing project in Youngstown, Ohio, and losing her father at age 7 - he was murdered - Manigault Newman emerged from a turbulent youth to earn a degree in broadcast journalism at Central State University and land a job in the office of then vice president Al Gore at age 23.

"If you're caught on tape, that's a bit more dramatic that the "he said, she said". This administration struggles with the truth" she said, saying it prefers to "construct their own reality, deceiving the American people".

On Manigault-Newman's tape of the conversation, released Sunday, Kelly is heard citing "significant integrity issues" as the reason for her firing.

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