Paid by the Trump campaign, how does that work?
Courtesy of WaPo:
Omarosa Manigault Newman was offered a $15,000-a-month contract from President Trump’s campaign to stay silent after being fired from her job as a White House aide by Chief of Staff John F. Kelly last December, according to a forthcoming book by Manigault Newman and people familiar with the proposal.
But she refused, according to the incendiary new book, “Unhinged: An Insider Account of the Trump White House,” which also depicts Trump as unqualified, narcissistic and racist. Excerpts of the book were obtained by The Washington Post.
After she was fired, Manigault Newman wrote, she received a call from Trump campaign adviser Lara Trump, the president’s daughter-in-law, offering her a job and the monthly contract in exchange for her silence.
The proposed nondisclosure agreement allegedly said Manigault Newman could not make any comments about President Trump or his family; Vice President Pence or his family; or any comments that could damage the president. It said she would do “diversity outreach,” among other things, for the campaign, according to her account.
“The NDA attached to the email was as harsh and restrictive as any I’d seen in all my years of television,” Manigault Newman writes in the book.
Some people are suggesting that Omarosa might not be a paragon of truthfulness, and in fact, Sarah Huckabee Sanders has come out and said just that, however, this payout for silence is definitely out of the Donald Trump playbook.
— ABC News (@ABC) August 10, 2018
Omarosa also seemed to confirm a thing that Tom Arnold has said and that was that tapes exist of Trump saying the “N” word and other racist things:
For months while in the White House, Manigault Newman said she spent time searching for a rumored tape of Trump saying the n-word on tape as host of “The Apprentice.” She writes in the book that such a tape exists but does not provide evidence. Manigault Newman also says that other aides in the White House kept tabs on rumors of the tape.
“By that point, three sources in three separate conversations had described the contents of this tape,” she writes. “They all told me that President Trump hadn’t just dropped a single n-word bomb. He’d said it multiple times throughout the show’s taping during off-camera outtakes, particularly during the first season of the Apprentice.”
I am actually fairly convinced that these Apprentice tapes exist, though the fact that Omarosa only has second-hand information about them does not offer anything that could be labeled new “evidence.”
Omarosa, however, does offer one odd anecdote that almost seems too weird to not be true:
In early 2017, Manigault Newman says she walked Michael Cohen, then Trump’s personal lawyer, into the Oval Office for a meeting with Trump — and saw the president chewing up a piece of paper while Cohen was leaving the office. Another White House official confirmed that Manigault Newman brought Cohen into the White House and was later rebuked for it. The two remain in contact, according to people familiar with the relationship.
“I saw him put a note in his mouth. Since Trump was ever the germaphobe, I was shocked he appeared to be chewing and swallowing the paper. It must have been something very, very sensitive,” she writes in her book.
You may remember that there was a news story that Trump often ripped up his notes so that they were almost impossible for archivists to preserve, so it really would not surprise me that much if Trump occasionally chewed and swallowed a particularly scandalous bit of evidence.
If I had to guess I would think it was a piece of paper with a warning from Putin that if he did not straighten up that the pee pee tape would be shared all across cable news before the end of the day.
Update: As it turns out this $15,000 amount seems to be the going rate for Trump people to keep their big mouths shut.
— Natasha Bertrand (@NatashaBertrand) August 10, 2018