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The Mystery of Omarosa Manigault

Other than by media osmosis, I have no idea who Omarosa Manigault Newman is. I never watched "The Apprentice," didn't care a whit about her brief career as a White House aide, didn't care that she got fired, don't care about her book, and now wish this transient nonentity would just go away.

But since All News Leads to Trump, or else it's not news, here she is, happily plopping herself down at the junction of Trump and the Media, and clearly enjoying every second of it. For it seems that the woman managed to sneak a cell phone into the Situation Room in order to surreptitiously -- which is to say, dishonestly -- record chief of staff John Kelly firing her for cause and then leaked the recording to NBC News. Thus instantly proving Gen. Kelly's point.

Apprentice star-turned-spurned White House aide Omarosa Manigault Newman opened a new front in her war on the West Wing on Sunday, attacking chief of staff John Kelly as a bully who drummed her out of the White House unfairly.

With new prey in her talons, Manigault Newman gave voice to many of the problems that have roiled the West Wing. In a tell-all interview with NBC’s Meet the Press, she spoke in dramatic terms about the White House’s difficulties with race, honesty and loyalty, at the same time that President Donald Trump is reckoning again with criticism of his equivocal response one year ago to violence at a white-supremacist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia.

Note the Politico reporter's gratuitous insertion of Charlottesville into a completely unrelated story, using a slender anniversary hook in order to sneak it in the dig --

And Manigault Newman put some of the problems she described on stark display Sunday, surfacing a tape she surreptitiously recorded in the White House Situation Room. "You have to have your own back, because otherwise you'll look back and see 17 knives in your back,” she said of her decision to record conversations in the White House.

Manigault Newman said that she taped conversations with Kelly and others to protect herself, but her accusations may backfire. She argued that she was terminated unfairly, revealing that she had taped the conversation in which Kelly dismissed her, citing “integrity violations,” back in December.

But national security experts say recording a conversation in the Situation Room, though unbeknownst to Kelly at the time, constitutes exactly the sort of integrity violation of which she was accused — and worse, it was a potential security breach in a room that’s meant to be one of the most locked-down in Washington. “That in and of itself, deliberately bringing an unsecured cell phone into a [secure facility], would absolutely be a fireable offense,” said Bradley Moss, a Washington, D.C. attorney specializing in national security law.