There is a segment of the left that is convinced there are secret tapes everywhere that document alleged misdeeds by the president and reveal his true character — and this group pounces whenever the words “Trump” and “tapes” are included within the same sentence.
The latest secret recording to prompt the reflexive leap by anti-Trumpers was released over the weekend by former Trump campaign adviser and brief White House official Omarosa Manigault Newman and documented the moment she was fired from the White House by Chief of Staff John Kelly.
The Washington Examiner reported that the recording was released by Omarosa during an appearance Sunday on NBC’s Meet The Press, which raises substantial questions about security and integrity considering the recorded conversation allegedly occurred in the highly-secure Situation Room, where recording devices would presumably be banned.
— Meet the Press (@MeetThePress) August 12, 2018
Serious integrity violations
In the recorded conversation, Kelly can be clearly heard explaining to Omarosa that her termination was prompted by “some pretty serious integrity violations” on her part that had come to the attention of the administration.
“We’re going to talk to you about leaving the White House,” Kelly told Omarosa. “It’s come to my attention over the last few months that there’s been some pretty, in my opinion, significant integrity issues.”
Kelly, who later reiterated just how serious the “integrity violations” on Omarosa’s part were, nevertheless appeared to offer her a chance at a “friendly departure” from the White House in order to avoid potential legal trouble or bad publicity.
“It’s important to understand that if we make this a friendly departure we can all be, you know, you can look at your time here in the White House as a year of service to the nation,” Kelly said. “And then you can go on without any type of difficulty in the future relative to your reputation.”
“Downright criminal” threat
Omarosa, who is making the media rounds ahead of a new tell-all book about her year in the White House — which has already been ripped as fanciful and uncredible ahead of its release — said she took Kelly’s remarks to her as an obvious threat.
“It’s very obvious a threat. He goes on to say, ‘things can get ugly for you.’ The chief of staff of the United States under the direction of the president of the United States threatening me on damage to my reputation and things getting ugly,” she said incredulously. “That’s downright criminal.”
But nothing said by Kelly in the recording comes across as overtly threatening or out of the ordinary for any employee being fired anywhere, and the only thing “criminal” about the secret recording at all is how Omarosa was capable of making it in a purportedly secure area of the White House or its subsequent release to the media.
Omarosa quite obviously has some “serious integrity issues” — hence the reason she was fired — and the supposed secret tapes she claims to possess that will disparage Trump will likely to prove disappointing to the president’s haters who are desperate to “get him” in any way they can.