Former Trump staffer Omarosa Manigault Newman may have secretly recorded confidential conversations in the White House and now fears becoming involved with special counsel Robert Mueller’s Russia investigation because of the alleged recordings, the New York Daily News reported Friday.
Sources told the Daily News the former reality TV star “loves” to record meetings. Her last day in the administration is Saturday.
“Everyone knows Omarosa loves to record people and meetings using the voice notes app on her iPhone,” a source told the publication. “Don’t be surprised if she has secret audio files on everyone in that White House, past and present staffers included.”
A recent White House ban on staffers using personal cellphones in the West Wing was connected to Manigault Newman’s tendency to record conversations, the source added.
According to an unnamed White House staffer, the former director of communications for the White House Office of Public Liaison is “very concerned” Mueller’s team will question her about possible collusion between Russia and the Trump campaign and has met with several high-profile lawyers since announcing her departure from the administration.
The attorneys include Harvey Weinstein’s former attorney Lisa Bloom and former Bill Cosby lawyer Monique Pressley, among others.
Insiders at the White House told the publication it was unlikely Manigault Newman would have any inside information that could be relevant to Mueller’s probe — “or of interest to anyone else for that matter.”
Manigault Newman resigned from her position at the Trump White House in December.
President Trump, for his part, took to Twitter shortly after the announcement of Manigault Newman's resignation to thank her for her service.
The White House and Manigault Newman did not respond to the Daily News’s request for comment.