Omarosa says ‘I was complicit’ in White House ‘deceit,’ claims Chief of Staff John Kelly threatened her

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By Gregg Re –FoxNews.com

Omarosa Manigault-Newman, the ex-reality star and former Trump aide who has since acccused the president of racism, said Sunday that she was “complicit” in White House deception and alleged that White House Chief of Staff John Kelly had threatened her when she was fired.

Manigault-Newman made a recording of what she said was Kelly in the White House Situation Room calling for her “friendly departure” without any “difficulty in the future relative to your reputation.” According to Manigault-Newman, Kelly continued by saying that things could “get ugly” for her, and that she had recorded the conversation because otherwise no one would believe her.

That comment was a “very obvious … threat,” Manigault-Newman told NBC’s “Meet the Press.”

EXCLUSIVE: @OMAROSA tells @chucktodd that John Kelly firing was a “threat” pic.twitter.com/y53SZm0uzL

— Meet the Press (@MeetThePress) August 12, 2018

In the recording, when Manigault-Newman asks if Trump is aware of her pending termination, Kelly purportedly tells her that “this is a non-negotiable discussion” and that her termination was related to “pretty serious integrity violations.”

Manigault-Newman on Sunday called on Kelly to publicly disclose her employee records to back up that claim.

“Release it so the American people will see that I worked my butt off for this country,” she said.

Manigault-Newman, who campaigned for Trump and then took a job as director of communications for the White House Office of Public Liaison, left the White House in December 2017 after Kelly took over.

Just two years ago, Manigault-Newman was described by media reports as a “top Donald Trump cheerleader” because of her repeated, forceful defenses of the president. “I’m black, female and Donald Trump is my friend,” she wrote in The Hollywood Reporter in 2016.

“In my experiences with him, he has only been professional. I am aware of the perceptions. But he is open-minded: He does not judge people on their gender or race. He judges them on their ability to do the job.”

Acknowledging her repeated praise of President Trump when she worked in the White House, the former “Apprentice” star told host Chuck Todd on Sunday that “I was complicit” in what she characterized as his administration’s efforts to “deceive this nation.”

Manigault-Newman also produced on Sunday what she claimed was a stringent nondisclosure agreement she was asked to sign in exchange for taking a do-nothing job on Trump’s re-election effort after her exit from the White House.

She also suggested that the administration routinely buys ex-officials’ silence by connecting them with similar deals to work on Trump’s re-election campaign, or with the RNC and other political groups.

“They were not offering a real job,” she said. “They told me if I work from home, if I even wanted to work. They didn’t really care if I showed up. … [This] is why Sean Spicer was describing Donald Trump as a unicorn jumping over rainbows,” she added. “Because he signed the same agreement.”

 

Manigault-Newman wrote a memoir out this week called “Unhinged” about her time in the Trump White House. According to excerpts in media outlets, Manigault-Newman questions Trump’s mental state and accuses him of using racial epithets.

The White House has strongly denied the book’s allegations, calling Manigault-Newman “disgruntled” and saying the memoir is “full of lies.”

And on Friday, pollster Frank Luntz undercut one of Manigault-Newman’s most incendiary claims about Trump, while also calling into question her sourcing in general.

I’m in @Omarosa’s book on page 149. She claims to have heard from someone who heard from me that I heard Trump use the N-word.

Not only is this flat-out false (I’ve never heard such a thing), but Omarosa didn’t even make an effort to call or email me to verify. Very shoddy work.

— Frank Luntz (@FrankLuntz) August 10, 2018

“I’m in @Omarosa’s book on page 149,” he tweeted on Friday. “She claims to have heard from someone who heard from me that I heard Trump use the N-word. Not only is this flat-out false (I’ve never heard such a thing), but Omarosa didn’t even make an effort to call or email me to verify. Very shoddy work.”

Speaking on “Fox News Sunday,” top Trump adviser Kellyanne Conway suggested the president feels betrayed by Manigault-Newman’s actions.

“Whether its thirty pieces of silver or a seven-figure book advance for you, your publicist, your ghost-writers and others, all that’s changed is this book deal and her being fired, so I think he probably feels very betrayed,” Conway said.

That appeared to be the case over the weekend. Asked about his former supporter’s new book at his golf course in Bedminster, N.J., on Saturday, Trump twice called Manigault-Newman a “lowlife.”

Fox News’ Jeffrey Rubin and Alex Pappas contributed to this report.

Gregg Re is an editor for Fox News. Follow him on Twitter @gregg_re.

 

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