President Trump has finally responded to reports of former White House staffer Omarosa secretly recording a conversation she had with Chief of Staff John Kelly in the Situation Room.
The secret recordings are being admonished by legal experts as very illegal.
Trump took to social media to criticize the media for giving credibility to “Wacky Omarosa.”
“While I know it’s ‘not presidential’ to take on a lowlife like Omarosa, and while I would rather not be doing so, this is a modern day form of communication and I know the Fake News Media will be working overtime to make even Wacky Omarosa look legitimate as possible. Sorry!” Trump tweeted on Monday morning.
While I know it’s “not presidential” to take on a lowlife like Omarosa, and while I would rather not be doing so, this is a modern day form of communication and I know the Fake News Media will be working overtime to make even Wacky Omarosa look legitimate as possible. Sorry!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 13, 2018
The comments were in response to Omarosa claiming and subsequently sharing the contents of a secretly recorded conversation in the White House.
“We want to talk to you about leaving the White House,” Kelly is heard saying in one recording. “It’s important to understand that if we make this a friendly departure … you can go on without any type of difficulty in the future relative to your reputation.”
Per BizPac Review:
Omarosa, who’s promoting her anti-Trump tell-all book, bragged about sneaking a recording device into the White House Situation Room in defiance of strict rules banning such actions due to national security concerns.
“There is likely a technical crime or two that’s been committed here,” former U.S. Attorney Joyce Vance told MSNBC. “Obviously, prosecutors don’t choose to prosecute every technical crime that’s been committed, but she probably should get herself a lawyer and be in consultation.”
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According to the report, White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders also criticized the secret recording as a “blatant disregard for our national security.”
“The very idea that a staff member would sneak a recording device into the White House Situation Room shows a blatant disregard for our national security,” Sanders said. “And then to brag about it on national television further proves the lack of character and integrity of this disgruntled former White House employee.”
Here’s more on Omarosa, from Independent Journal Review:
“I have to protect myself and I have no regret about it,” Omarosa said on NBC’s “Meet the Press.”
Omarosa, usually referred to by only her first name, left the White House in December, and Sunday’s interview coincided with the release of her book, “Unhinged: An Insider Account of the Trump White House,” detailing her time there.
When asked on “Meet the Press” how often she made recordings during her time working for President Donald Trump, Omarosa said: “This is a White House where everybody lies … you have to have your own back.”
White House Counselor Kellyanne Conway recently clarified that the White House offices maintain non-disclosure agreements and said there should be a “reasonable expectation of confidentiality.”
As IJR reports, Conway said: “You have a reasonable expectation of confidentiality and privacy in your conversations at your place of work, why shouldn’t we in the West Wing? Why shouldn’t the president of the United States in the Oval Office indeed the few times that she was in there with him?”