The White House is looking into legal options against former aide Omarosa Manigault Newman after she secretly recorded chief of staff John Kelly in the Situation Room, ABC News reported Sunday.
The administration reportedly wants to block Manigault Newman from releasing any more tapes and punish her for the recording she revealed on NBC’s “Meet the Press” earlier Sunday, which was taped during a December meeting in which Kelly fired her.
White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said in a statement Sunday that the “very idea a staff member would sneak a recording device into the White House Situation Room, shows a blatant disregard for our national security.”
“And then to brag about it on national television further proves the lack of character and integrity of this disgruntled former White House employee,” Sanders continued.
A number of journalists, national security experts and former White House staff raised alarms about the dangers of recording in the Situation Room — a highly sensitive space where phones and electronic devices are prohibited for security reasons.
Former White House press secretary Sean Spicer called Manigault Newman’s taping “a massive violation of security protocol.”
“She taped the chief of staff for the White House in the Situation Room, clearly a violation of every security protocol that she signed when she applied for a security clearance,” Spicer said on “Fox News Sunday.”
Manigault Newman released the tape in conjunction with her book tour for “Unhinged: An Insider Account of the Trump White House.”
Excerpts of the explosive memoir released this week include the former aide claiming that Kelly fired her when he knew she was close to getting an audio recording of Trump allegedly using a racial slur on the set of “The Apprentice.”
Trump on Saturday called Manigault Newman a “lowlife” following a number of other incendiary claims.