By Carl Jaeger
President Trump is still on the defense when it comes to the contents of the Mueller Report despite declaring “total exoneration,” a claim former administration official Omarosa Manigault Newman says is “insane.”
“We saw in the Mueller report that it’s clear that he asked people to do things that were unethical, that were immoral, that were illegal and many of them said ‘No, I’m not going to do it,’” Newman said. “One person after the other documented to say that, and yet somehow Donald Trump’s take from it is that there was no obstruction.”
Newman served as the Trump campaign’s Director of African American Outreach and once he was elected, worked in the Office of Public Liaison. In December of 2017, she was removed from her position under controversial circumstances. She secretly recorded and released the Situation Room conversation with then-Chief of Staff John Kelly that lead to her departure, spurring a conversation over breach of national security.
Newman said she was interviewed by the Special Counsel, although specific findings related to her questioning remain redacted. She added that being part of the Mueller investigation is not something to be proud of, but she is proud of being “able to tell the truth.”
The Mueller Report also serves as partial vindication for herself, she said, after the document confirmed many claims she was criticized for making when her book “Unhinged” was released in August 2018.
In terms of impeachment, Newman said she’s aware that the process can be “divisive and harmful” to both political parties. During the 90s, she served in the Clinton administration during his impeachment hearings. Still, she is calling on House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) to take action for “the good of the country.”
She says President Trump is beatable in 2020, but whoever takes him on will need to be able to “withstand the flurry of attacks and insults” that come with being a party frontrunner.
While she stopped short of endorsing any specific Democratic hopeful, Newman said she’s looking forward to a nominee that represents diverse voices.
“I believe that this is the first time that the country is truly poised to see a person of color, someone who is openly gay or someone who is nontraditional in the sense of a white male candidate,” she said.
Newman believes Trump is running the government like he ran his namesake company and fails to recognize the scale or scope of the duties.
“I think he thinks that he’s in an episode of The White House Apprentice and a team of editors are going to come in and they’re going to try to make him look good,” Newman said. “It is not a good look to see him lie to the American people.”
And although Trump and Newman have settled public disagreements in the past, she said do not expect the duo to reunite anytime soon.
“Fourteen years of my life spent around Donald Trump and I think that our relationship has come to a very clear and definitive end,” she said. “At some point you have to recognize that people change.”
"Unhinged" is available now in paperback.
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