White House exploring legal options against Omarosa Manigault Newman for making secret recording in Situation Room
The last desperate gasp of criminals betrayed by damning evidence is to claim the evidence was illegally obtained. The last desperate ploy of dirty cops taped by onlookers is to claim that the taping is illegal. The last refuge of a scoundrel is patriotism, per Dr. Samuel Johnson.
The White House is now in last-refuge status. Facing the irrefutable evidence of their own taped conversations, they can no longer deny saying those things, and the “Omarosa is lying” defense really can’t be used, because they don’t know what she did or didn’t tape. The only thing left is to condemn the process by which she obtained the recordings, and especially to impugn her patriotism in bringing a recording device into the sacred situation room. One person even said that her recordings were a danger to national security.
And all of that cavilling just produces a “so what, stop changing the subject” response once the recordings are out there.
Personally, I think Omarosa has misplayed her hand. She should make her claims first, wait for the White House to call her a liar, THEN release the tapes showing that her claim was accurate, and that the responder is the liar. She basically failed to follow the first two rules of investigation: (1) always let the guilty party trip himself up, (2) and never let him know what you know.
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@ChrisT: Did you just use the “But her emails!” defense?
Taking a hammer to your email servers must be the second to last gasp
I didn’t hear anything on either the Kelly or Trump recordings that was particularly damning, at least not on the excerpts I heard. Well aside from Trump being an idiot that didn’t know his administration had fired her (“I saw on TV you are thinking about leaving us?”) But everyone who hasn’t drunk the Trump Kool Aid has known Trump is an idiot for a long time now. Of course, I may not have heard the damning parts yet or perhaps she is saving those parts for later.
Attacking Omarosa for making unauthorized recordings in the Situation Room may be a last refuge or whatever, but it is potentially a pretty big deal. Her one saving grace may be that because she didn’t have a security clearance she may not have violated a law. I’m not really sure. But I do have to wonder, why would General Kelly bring her into the Situation Room to fire her? If I didn’t know better I would think unprofessionalism is rampant in the Trump White House. But I do know better because I just had a big glass of this really delicious Kool Aid and realized President Trump is playing 27 dimensional chess and I’m just too dumb to understand the rules…
Yeah, Omarosa might not be the sharpest knife, but in this drawer she looks like a fucking ginsu.
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