Skepticism abounds, for good reason, about Omarosa Manigault Newman’s WH tell-all… Manigault Newman has a long, demonstrated history of suspicious claims, & just because the things she writes confirm what lots of people on the left badly want to believe doesn’t mean they should be swallowed whole. Some of what she’s written has already been directly disputed, including by Kellyanne Conway’s husband, George Conway, who has been quite critical of the WH. We should all be very, very careful.
All of that said, this new revelation looks bad, in large part because it is substantiated – & because it has to do, yet again, with hush money.
The Post’s Josh Dawsey has a document verifying Manigault Newman’s claim that she was offered what amounted to $15,000 per month in hush money to keep quiet about the WH. It was technically for a job with the Trump campaign, but it was premised on her signing a nondisclosure agreement that dealt with her time in the West Wing. That, notably, isn’t generally how NDAs work; they usually involve the job you are getting, not the one you previously had.
Here’s how Manigault Newman described it:
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 & the monthly contract in exchange for her silence.
A nondisclosure agreement attached to the offer, which was reviewed by The Post, said Manigault Newman could not make any comments about President Trump, V-P Pence or their families or any comments that could damage the president. It said she would do “diversity outreach,” among other things, for the campaign. “The NDA attached to the email was as harsh & restrictive as any I’d seen in all my years of television,” Manigault Newman writes in the book.
Manigault Newman said the call from Trump was followed by a call from Jared Kushner…, & Ivanka Trump… who said she “really loves” her & would do anything for her.
“Call us anytime,” Kushner says on the call, according to the book.
Then, Lara Trump called & reiterated how much the president & the family loved Manigault Newman, offering her the job & wanting to make sure “everything is positive.”
“If you come on board, we can’t have you mention that stuff,” she added, referring to interviews Manigault Newman gave immediately after her firing.
The situation isn’t exactly analogous to the Stormy Daniels & Karen McDougal hush-money payments… because there isn’t such an obvious potential campaign finance violation… In the Daniels case, the question was whether the payment should have been disclosed as a contribution, given it happened so late in the 2016 election. In the McDougal case, questions remain about how involved Trump’s then-lawyer, Michael Cohen, was when the National Enquirer’s parent company purchased the story & then never ran it. (We recently found out Cohen & Trump later discussed buying the rights from the parent company on a tape that Cohen recorded.)