President 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.’
A campaign official said Tuesday in a statement that ‘Donald J. Trump for President, Inc. has filed an arbitration against Manigault-Newman with the American Arbitration Association in New York City, for breach of her 2016 confidentiality agreement with the Trump Campaign.’
‘President Trump is well known for giving people opportunities to advance in their careers and lives over the decades, but wrong is wrong, and a direct violation of an agreement must be addressed and the violator must be held accountable.’
Manigault-Newman will have two weeks to respond to the arbitration demand, according to a campaign source.
Trump had launched his most personal attack yet against Manigault-Newman on Tuesday morning, just hours after her spicy memoir about working in the West Wing for 11 months went on sale.
‘When you give a crazed, crying lowlife a break, and give her a job at the White House, I guess it just didn’t work out. Good work by General Kelly for quickly firing that dog!’ the president tweeted.
The war of words concerns the former Trump aide’s claims that the president was caught on a hot mic uttering the ‘n-word’ racial slur during a taping of ‘The Apprentice’ years ago.
A campaign official says the contract offered to Manigault-Newman early this year (portions shown above) was practically identical to the one she signed in 2016; this 2018 version prohibits disclosure of confidential information and public disparagement of the president and his family members; it also specifies that the signer is bound by it after the relationship terminates, essentially forever
Trump has denied it, saying Monday night on Twitter that ‘I don’t have that word in my vocabulary, and never have.’
His latest tweet came after CBS aired new audio, provided by Manigault-Newman, of a 2016 conference call between high-level campaign aides that supports some of her claims about the rumored tape.
Nothing in the conference call recording establishes that an ‘n-word’ tape exists. It does, however, show Trump spokeswoman Katrina Pierson telling colleagues that she thinks it did – and musing about how to ‘spin it.’
A campaign official told DailyMail.com on Monday that a contract briefly offered to Manigault-Newman early this year is practically identical to the one she signed in 2016.
The more recent version, first published by The Washington Post, spells out how disputes are to be resolved by a neutral arbitrator in the state of New York, and specifies that the results are binding in court.
Although Manigault-Newman also worked for the Trump transition, and then for the White House, her 2016 agreement specifies that she is bound by it after the campaign relationship is over – essentially forever.
It prohibits disclosure of confidential information and public disparagement of the president and his family members.
‘The campaign is holding her accountable for the 2016 nondisclosure,’ a Trump ally told The Washington Examiner on Tuesday.
A campaign official told DailyMail.com on Monday that any legal action would subject Manigault-Newman to the loss of ‘millions of dollars.’
‘All her book money will be tied up with lawyers,’ the official predicted.
Separately, a campaign official said Monday that the 2016 agreement was ‘the same exact NDA that everyone else on the campaign signed.’
‘She’s violating it right now,’ the official added.
Trump ramped up his slash-and-burn campaign, calling Manigault-Newman ‘that dog’ and a ‘crazed, lying lowlife’
Some commentators leapt to attack Trump on Tuesday for calling Manigault-Newman a ‘dog,’ interpreting it as a separate racist attack.
CNN legal analyst Jeffrey Toobin complained a half-hour later about ‘the incredible racism of his twitter feed.’
‘Who does the President attack on Twitter constantly? African-Americans. It’s always black people that he’s attacking. Not exclusively, but to a disproportionate extent,’ he claimed.
‘We sometimes forget, the entire basis for Donald Trump’s political career is his racist attack on Barack Obama for not being born in the United States,’ Toobin charged. ‘That’s how he became a public political figure. The tweet today calling Omarosa a “dog” is just part of that story.’
Trump has called a long list of celebrities ‘dogs’ on Twitter, including former chief strategist Steve Bannon, NBC News anchors David Gregory and Chuck Todd, political analyst George Will, Republican politician Mitt Romney, Democratic political consultant David Axelrod, former Egyptian president Hosni Mubarak, conservative commentators Glenn Beck and Erick Erickson, right-wing media analyst Brent Bozell, liberal HBO host Bill Maher, rapper Mac Miller, actress Kristen Stewart and former Obama family pastor Jeremiah Wright.
Trump spokeswoman Katrina Pierson says in the audio, played on ‘CBS This Morning,’ that ‘he said it’ and ‘he’s embarrassed’ – referring to claims that Trump used the ‘n-word’ on a hot mic during taping of ‘The Apprentice’
April Ryan, a White House correspondent with American Urban Radio Networks, tweeted Tuesday: ‘Let me be clear! Calling a Black woman a dog is unacceptable. This is a pattern. We saw it with the black football players’ moms. They were called sons of B*tches.’
Manigault-Newman’s explosive memoir ‘Unhinged’ went on sale Tuesday.
Pierson denied Monday night in a Fox News interview that the conference call ever occurred: ‘That did not happen. It sounds like she’s writing a script for a movie.’
But in one snippet of the call, aired on ‘CBS This Morning,’ Pierson is heard telling Manigault Newman, communications adviser Jason Miller and longtime Trump Organization official Lynne Patton that the campaign needed a strategy to employ if the dreaded audio should surface.
‘I’m trying to find out, at least, what context it was used in, to help us maybe figure out a way to spin it,’ she is heard saying.
Pierson, Patton and Manigault-Newman are African-Americans.
Nothing in the new audio confirms that Trump ever said the ‘n-word,’ or that Manigault-Newman has heard it.
Patton and Pierson released a statement Tuesday morning in which they acknowledge talking about a purported ‘n-word’ tape, but claim their earlier denials only referred to Omarosa’s description of a discussion prompted by a claim by pollster Frank Luntz that the recording existed and he had heard it.
Luntz has separately denied having any knowledge of anything related to the rumored tape.
The statement from Patton and Pierson, however, is written in language that means the opposite of what they intend.
‘No one ever denied the existence of conversations about a reported “Apprentice” tape. Of course, there were multiple discussions about it, as confirmed in the Huffington Post article last night, because Omarosa was obsessed with it,’ they said.
‘What has been definitively refuted is that we never had a call confirming that Frank Luntz, or anyone else, directly heard Donald J. Trump use derogatory language on this alleged tape.’
Refuting that a call ‘never’ happened is the same as confirming that it did.
Patton says in the 2016 call audio, aired Tuesday, that she had spoken with Trump directly about claims that he had been recorded uttering the ‘n-word’ slur.
‘I said, ‘Well, sir, can you think of any time that this might have happened?’ And he said no,’ she recounted.
‘Well, that’s not true,’ Manigault-Newman interjects.
Patton continued: ‘He goes, ‘How do you think I should handle it?’ And I told him exactly what you just said, Omarosa, which is, well, it depends on what scenario you’re talking about. And he said, ‘Well, why don’t you just go ahead and put it to bed?’
And then, the conversation’s exclamation point. Katrina Pierson concludes: ‘He said it. He said it. No, he said it. He’s embarrassed.’
Manigault-Newman did some spinning of her own on Tuesday.
‘I was surprised, as you heard on that recording, how no one doubted that he said it,’ she said on ‘CBS This Morning,’ before claiming that the audio is real and ‘they had tried to suppress this tape for so long.’
She also claimed that during the same 2016 conference call – in a moment not aired on CBS – Pierson ‘says that she talked to Kellyanne [Conway], or Kellyanne discussed this with the President of the United States’ aboard his Boeing 757 aircraft.
Conway did not respond to a request for comment on Tuesday.
Pierson told DailyMail.com in a statement early Tuesday afternoon that ‘it’s clear now’ that rumors of an ‘n-word’ tape ‘were always being circulated by Omarosa and her alone.’
‘In her secret tape recording of me, it was one of many times that I would placate Omarosa to move the discussion along because I was weary of her obsession over this alleged tape. To be clear, I never organized a conference call with Jason Miller to confirm Mr. Trump said anything,’ she claimed.
‘That discussion was nothing other than sifting through unconfirmed rumors regarding the Apprentice tape and the transcript supports my statement. Omarosa fabricated the story by conflating numerous discussions.’
Manigault-Newman rose to national prominence because of her contestant role on ‘The Apprentice,’ Trump’s reality TV show, where she played the role of back-stabbing villain.
From July 2016 through her White House firing – another event she secretly recorded – she was an unabashed Trump booster, telling media interviewers that she would not be working for the president if she thought he was a racist.
That changed with the advent of a lucrative book deal.
Responding Tuesday morning to questions about why she would record conversations with her colleagues in 2016, as she did later in the White House, Manigault-Newman responded that she was acting out of self-preservation.
‘I’m the kind of person who covers her own back. In Trump world, everyone lies. Everyone says one thing one day and they change their story the next day,’ she insisted.
‘I wanted to have this type of documentation so that in the event I found myself in this position where, as you said, they’re questioning my credibility, saying they never discussed the n-word tape, they had never heard these accusations, the president had never heard these accusations, when, in fact, this tape proves that they discussed it at high levels of the Trump campaign.’
Pollster Frank Luntz has already claimed that the premise of the conference call is false, and he never told anyone about a Trump ‘n-word’ recording because he has never heard it might exist
Patton released a statement Monday night in which she claimed she never participated in what appears to be the conference call documented by Manigault-Newman’s audio
‘Unhinged’ describes the conversation as the consequence of Pierson’s claim that pollster Frank Luntz had told her about the white-whale audio of a racist Trump venting privately at blacks on the set of ‘The Apprentice.’
Patton said Monday night in a lengthy statement that ‘at no time did I participate in a conference call with Katrina Pierson advising me, Jason Miller and Omarosa Manigault-Newman that Frank Luntz had heard President Donald J. Trump use a derogatory racial term – a claim that Luntz himself has also denied.’
Luntz tweeted last week: ‘I’m in @Omarosa’s book on page 149. She claims to have heard from someone who heard from me that I heard Trump use the N-word. Not only is this flat-out false (I’ve never heard such a thing), but Omarosa didn’t even make an effort to call or email me to verify. Very shoddy work.’
Manigault-Newman confirmed Tuesday morning on CBS that she hadn’t asked Luntz whether the story was true before naming him in print.
Trump tweeted Monday night that Mark Burnett, who produced ‘The Apprentice’ and ‘Celebrity Apprentice’ for NBC, had called him ‘to say that there are NO TAPES of the Apprentice where I used such a terrible and disgusting word as attributed by Wacky and Deranged Omarosa.’
‘I don’t have that word in my vocabulary, and never have. She made it up,’ the president claimed.
WHAT OMAROSA SAYS IN BOMBSHELL BOOK AND INTERVIEWS ABOUT TRUMP
President uses the N-word and other racial slurs
In ‘Unhinged,’ Omarosa says she was told he had been recorded using the N-word in outtakes from The Apprentice.
Now she says she personally heard it after the book went to press: ‘When he talks that way, the way he did on this tape, it confirmed that he is truly a racist.’
In the book she claims he called Kellyanne Conway’s husband George, who is half-Filipino, ‘a goo-goo’ and a ‘flip.’
Isn’t competent to hold office
‘They continue to deceive this nation by how mentally declined he is, how difficult it is for him to process complex information. How he is not engaged in some of the most important decisions that impact our country.’
She also writes: ‘Donald has only a surface-level understanding of the content he’s signing into law.’
Is in mental jeopardy
She writes of his interview with NBC News’s Lester Holt in which he addressed his firing of James Comey: ‘Donald rambled. He spoke gibberish. He contradicted himself from one sentence to the next.
‘While watching the interview, I realized something real and serious was going on in Donald’s brain. They thought Trump was being Trump, off the cuff. But I knew something wasn’t right.’
Lies and leads an administration which lies
‘This is a White House where everybody lies; the president lies to the American people, Sarah Huckabee [Sanders] stands in front of the country and lies every single day.’
Disparages his family
He called Jared Kushner ‘sweet’, a term for gay, and called Don Jr. ‘a f***-up’ after the notorious Trump Tower meeting with Russians, saying: ‘He screwed up again, but this time, he’s screwing us all, big time!’
Wanted to be sworn in on a copy of The Art of the Deal
Claims she told him: ‘It’s the greatest business book of all time. Just think how many copies I’d sell—maybe a commemorative inauguration copy?!’
… and what she says about John Kelly
Manigault-Newman says he is the real boss and that he has mistreated more people than just her.
‘John Kelly is running this White House,’ she said, ‘and Donald Trump has no clue what’s going on. He’s being puppeted, and that’s very dangerous for this nation.’
‘Rob Porter is accused of allegedly abusing his wives. And you know what John Kelly said about Rob Porter? He said he was a man of great integrity. And he’s accusing me of integrity violations?’
… and about Melania
Omarosa says the First Lady wore the notorious ‘I really don’t care, do you?’ coat to visit separated immigrant children at the border solely to shame her husband – and it wasn’t the first time.
‘The messages behind her style choices aren’t always clear, but they are never accidental. Taken as a whole, all of her style rebellions have served the same purpose, and not only misdirection and distraction – strategies her husband knows all too well. I believe Melania uses style to punish her husband.’
… and about herself
I was complicit with this White House deceiving this nation. I had a blind spot where it came to Donald Trump.’
SOURCE: Daily Mail – David Martosko