Ms Manigault-Newman, who recently announced her resignation, is reportedly concerned that she may become a fixture of special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into possible Trump campaign collusion with Russia. The former Apprentice star has started shopping around for lawyers, sources told the New York Daily News.
Some claimed Ms Manigault-Newman may even have taped White House meetings on her iPhone.
“Everyone knows Omarosa loves to record people and meetings using the voice notes app on her iPhone,” one person said. “Don’t be surprised if she has secret audio files on everyone in that White House, past and present staffers included.”
The White House imposed a ban on personal cell phones in the West Wing earlier this month, citing security concerns. It was unclear why the administration chose that moment to impose the ban, but the Daily News reported Ms Manigault-Newmans's penchant for recording conversations played a role.
Ms Manigault-Newman did not respond to a request for comment.
Ms Manigault-Newman worked on Donald Trump’s presidential campaign and transition team before joining the White House as an adviser and director of communications for the Office of Public Liaison. She announced her resignation last month, telling ABC News that there "were a lot of things that I observed during the last year that I was very unhappy with”.
Several outlets reported at the time that Ms Manigualt-Newman has been forced out after clashing with Chief of Staff John Kelly. An official White House statement said the 43-year-old resigned "to pursue other opportunities”.
Mr Trump himself has insinuated that he recorded meetings in the Oval Office, tweeting that former FBI Director James Comey “better hope that there are no ‘tapes’ of our conversations”. The President eventually denied ever recording conversations with Mr Comey.
Just last week, after attendees at an White House meeting on immigration claimed Mr Trump used vulgar language to refer to Haiti and some African nations, Mr Trump again raised the idea of taping his conversations.
“Never said anything derogatory about Haitians other than Haiti is, obviously, a very poor and troubled country,” he tweeted. “...I have a wonderful relationship with Haitians. Probably should record future meetings - unfortunately, no trust!"
Mr Mueller is reportedly preparing to interview the President as part o his ongoing investigation.
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