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“Donald Trump has met his match,” Omarosa Manigault Newman mentioned on MSNBC Thursday afternoon.
And identical to THAT, she was again within the information.
In the future after the White Home yanked consideration away from Omarosa’s guide “Unhinged” by revoking John Brennan’s safety clearance, Omarosa regained management of the information cycle by popping out with one other tape, revealing a part of her dialog with Lara Trump a couple of job on Trump’s re-election marketing campaign.
At one level on the tape, Lara Trump commented to Omarosa that it appeared “there are some belongings you’ve obtained within the again pocket to tug out.” And Lara was proper — the recording gadget was evidently a type of issues.
— Of notice: NBC/MSNBC stays Omarosa’s community of alternative. Presumably that is associated to her bundle deal of interviews earlier this week. She performed the latest tape on MSNBC at 1 p.m. Thursday, sparking all of the information protection…
— Stephen Colbert’s query on the “Late Present:” “Why is Lara Trump answerable for this?”
Trump making an attempt to vary the topic?
President Trump has been tweeting up a storm the previous few days. Typically he simply quotes Fox Information segments, typically he promotes the economic system, different instances he brings up varied controversies. One wonders if he is making an attempt to divert consideration away from the “Unhinged” guide… however the Brennan determination was the one actually vital attention-grabber of the week.
What number of extra tapes?
A dozen? 100? 200? The New York Instances included the 200 quantity in a narrative on Thursday night.
The tapes “have rattled the White Home in a method that few issues apart from the particular counsel investigation into doable marketing campaign collusion with Russia have,” Maggie Haberman and Ken Vogel reported. “Mr. Trump’s aides have been involved that they’ll make appearances on different tapes, of which Ms. Manigault Newman is believed to have as many as 200..”
After all, there is a massive caveat to all this. “Standard knowledge could be that Omarosa leaked the most effective audio she had within the first few days” to spice up guide gross sales, Chris Cillizza famous.
The guide continues to be #2 on Amazon
“Unhinged” has been holding regular at #2 on Amazon’s checklist for the previous two days. Most authors would like to be there, however I am nonetheless somewhat stunned that Omarosa hasn’t taken the #1 spot from the motivational guide “Woman, Wash Your Face” by Rachel Hollis…
Writer defends “Unhinged”
This backwards and forwards is harking back to Macmillan’s protection of “Fireplace and Fury” final January: Omarosa’s publishing home, Simon & Schuster, apparently acquired a letter from authorized pit bull Charles Tougher, litigation counsel for the Trump marketing campaign. The writer’s exterior counsel Elizabeth McNamara replied on Thursday, and CNN’s Kaitlan Collins obtained the response first.
In line with McNamara, Tougher threatened that S&S could be topic to “substantial financial damages and punitive damages” for claims arising from the guide. “My purchasers won’t be intimidated by hole authorized threats and have proceeded with publication of the Guide as schedule,” McNamara wrote. “Must you pursue litigation towards S&S, we’re assured that paperwork associated to the contents of the Guide within the possession of President Trump, his relations, his companies, the Trump Marketing campaign, and his administration will show significantly related to our protection.”
“An apparent try to silence legit criticism”
Key graf from McNamara’s response to Tougher: “Your letter is nothing greater than an apparent try to silence legit criticism of the president. Put merely, the guide’s function is to tell the general public. Non-public contracts just like the NDA will not be used to censor former or present authorities officers from talking about non-classified data realized throughout the course of their public employment.”
Again to the Brennan fallout…
— Washington Submit’s newest: “Trump has instructed advisers that he’s desperate to strip extra safety clearances.”
— Rachel Maddow’s tackle Thursday night: “Trump is not going after his critics, he is going after the witnesses.”
— “Revoke my safety clearance, too, Mr. President.” That op-ed by Retired Navy Admiral William H. McRaven is the most-read story on the WashPost
web site proper now, 9 hours after it got here out…
— A dozen former senior intelligence officers issued a joint assertion on Thursday evening. They mentioned “we now have by no means earlier than seen the approval or removing of safety clearances used as a political instrument, as was accomplished on this case.” They referred to as it “an try to stifle free speech” and mentioned it’s “inappropriate and deeply regrettable.”
Summing up the day:
The Washington Submit’s Greg Miller tweeted: “President’s marketing campaign chairman is ready to search out out if he’ll jail. Architect of bin Laden raid is daring president to take his clearances. Actuality present contestant/WH worker has tape of $180Okay provide she obtained to remain quiet. Years of chaos in in the future.”
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CNNMoney (New York) First printed August 17, 2018: 1:27 AM ET