President Donald Trump reportedly wants Attorney General Jeff Sessions to jail his former aide and mentee Omarosa Manigault-Newman, whose tell-all book Unhinged: An Insider’s Account of the Trump White House is revealing bombshell secrets about the inner workings of Trumpland.
Vanity Fair’s Gabriel Sherman published an explosive report on Thursday that “Trump told advisers that he wants Attorney General Jeff Sessions to have Manigault Newman arrested, according to one Republican briefed on the conversations.”
It is unknown what law Trump is accusing Newman of breaking.
Sources told Sherman that Trump was advised by his close confidants to “ignore” the book.
The president has been reeling in the wake of the book’s release, which has inflamed rumors that Trump used the n-word during the production of The Apprentice.
On Monday, Trump took to Twitter to call Newman a “crazed, crying lowlife” and “dog,” praising Chief of Staff John Kelly’s decision to fire her last December.
When you give a crazed, crying lowlife a break, and give her a job at the White House, I guess it just didn’t work out. Good work by General Kelly for quickly firing that dog!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 14, 2018
“His rage at Manigault Newman is fueling irrational outbursts that bolster the claim in her book that Trump said the ‘n-word’ during an Apprentice outtake,” Sherman wrote.
One former West Wing official told Sherman that Trump has “known her [Newman] for 15 years and thinks it’s a personal betrayal.” Another source familiar with the president said Newman “is doing everything perfect if her ultimate goal is to troll Trump.”
Former Trump campaign aide Sam Nunberg called Newman a “formidable enemy.”
“Hell hath no fury like Omarosa scorned,” Nunberg told Sherman.
Sherman’s reporting adds weight to speculation that Trump is building an “enemies list,” which includes high-ranking former intelligence officials like former CIA Director John Brennan, whose security clearance was revoked by the president on Wednesday for purely political reasons.
Others on the list are:
- Former Director of National Intelligence James Clapper
- Former FBI Director James Comey
- Former FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe
- Former CIA & National Security Agency Director Michael Hayden
- Former Associate Deputy Attorney General Bruce Ohr
- Former FBI Agent Peter Strzok
- Former FBI Attorney Lisa Page
- Former National Security Advisor Susan Rice
- Former Deputy Attorney General Sally Yates
Of those on the list, five – Comey, McCabe, Strzok, Page, and Yates – were fired during Trump’s tenure in the White House.