Question of the Week — Is Omarosa Manigault Newman a Whistleblower?
Former presidential adviser Omarosa Manigault Newman released her new tell-all book “Unhinged: An Insider’s Account of the Trump White House” this week. A TIME magazine article discusses Ms. Manigault Newman’s revelations that she secretly recorded conversations with White House personnel including President Trump and his Chief of Staff John Kelly. In a recent interview on NBC’s “Today”, Ms. Manigault Newman indicated that “[t]here’s a lot of very corrupt things happening in the White House and I am going to blow the whistle on a lot of them.”
The audio recordings released include a conversation with Chief of Staff John Kelly regarding Ms. Manigault Newman leaving the White House that purportedly occurred in the White House situation room and another call with President Trump where he indicates he did not know Ms. Manigault Newman was being let go. Ms. Manigault Newman has indicated that she has more recordings of conversations in the White House and that she made the recordings to protect herself. Katrina Pierson, an adviser to President Trump’s re-election campaign believes that Ms. Manigault Newman is creating lies to sell books. For her part, Ms. Manigault Newman says, “I was complicity with this White House deceiving this nation, I had a blind spot where it come to Donald Trump.”
What do you think? Is Omarosa a whistleblower?