Omarosa Manigault Newman claimed President Trump ‘absolutely’ knew about hacked Hillary Clinton emails in advance of publication during the 2016 presidential campaign, and vows she will further assist the Mueller probe if asked. The former White House official, campaign aide, and reality TV star made the claim, without providing any details, in an interview Tuesday with MSNBC amid a furor over her new book, ‘Unhinged.’ ‘There is a lot of corruption that went on both in the campaign and in the White House and I’m going to blow the whistle on all of it,’ vowed the former Trump protege turned self-styled whistleblower. Tere is a lot of corruption that went on both in the campaign and in the White House and I’m going to blow the whistle on all of it,’ said Omarosa Manigault Newman in her latest TV interview Host Katy Tur pressed Omarosa on whether Trump knew about Hillary Clinton emails in advance of publication by WikiLeaks – a topic at the heart of the Mueller Russia probe. ‘Absolutely. Yes. Yes,’ she responded. But Manigault Newman, who confirmed she has spoken to Mueller’s investigators, provided no corroborating information. Manigault-Newman signed a non-disclosure and non-disparagement agreement in the summer of 2016 when she joined the Trump campaign; it requires her to refrain from denigrating him publicly ‘during the term of your service and at all times thereafter’ Manigault-Newman released audio hours earlier from what she says is a 2016 conference call in which top Trump campaign aides discussed how to handle a rumored tape recording of the future president uttering a racial slur Asked if Trump should be afraid of more tapes in her possession,’ she didn’t give a direct answer. ‘I think he should be afraid of being exposed as the misogynist, the bigot and the racist that he is.’She also wouldn’t comment on whether she had more tapes of the president, or if she planned to release more of them. When Tur asked if Trump really had a ‘back channel’ to WikiLeaks, she responded: ‘I didn’t say that, you did. But I will say that I am going to expose the corruption that went on in the campaign and int he White House.’
Manigault-Newman’s book ‘Unhinged’ is on sale today When pressed for details, including whether she spoke to a federal grand jury and what kind of questions she got asked by investigators, Omarosa begged off, and said she was glad to talk about her new book. ‘I feel like my hands are tied,’ she said. ‘Unfortunately, I can’t elaborate,’ she said. ‘I’d be happy to talk bout “Unhinged,” my book that’s out today,’ she said at one point. She declined to characterize how many tapes she had, after the release of three explosive snippets, including one Tuesday of staff aides discussing an unverified tape of Trump allegedly using the ‘N’ word – which he and other aides deny exists. She said she was willing to turn over tapes if Mueller asks, or help in other ways. ‘If he calls me I certainly will participate with anything that he needs. I’ll provide him with what he needs,’ she said.
She called the president she served for a year inside the White House ‘unfit’ for office. ‘I think that he should come clean with the American people,’ she said of Trump. She was more forthcoming about the number of tapes with MSNBC’s Chris Mathews in a previous ‘Hardball’ interview. ‘Oh, I have plenty,’ she told him. ‘Anything Mueller would like to see? Robert Mueller?’ the host asked. ‘If he, if his office calls again, anything they want I’ll share,’ she told him.
Trump ramped up his slash-and-burn campaign, calling Manigault-Newman ‘that dog’ and a ‘crazed, lying lowlife’ Asked if she would be a good witness, she said: ‘Absolutely. Anything they want, I will certainly corroborate.’ Manigault Newman, who was fired and who released a tape of chief of staff John Kelly delivering the news, also said she thinks Trump should be impeached. Trump’s re-election campaign organization filed papers in New York on Tuesday demanding damages from Omarosa Manigault-Newman for violating the terms of a secrecy agreement she signed in 2016. The legal filing claims the onetime campaign adviser and former West Wing aide disparaged Trump in her unauthorized tell-all book ‘Unhinged,’ breaking a written promise to refrain from denigrating him publicly ‘during the term of your service and at all times thereafter.’
Patton and Pierson released a statement Tuesday morning in which they acknowledge talking about a purported ‘n-word’ tape but claim their denials only referred to Omarosa’s description of a discussion prompted by a claim by pollster Frank Luntz that the recording existed