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White House aides aim to push back against Manigault Newman by going after her credibility and disputing parts of the book they perceive as unfair, said a White House official who would not go on the record.
White House aide Kellyanne Conway told ABC's This Week on Sunday that the first time she heard her former colleague suggest "those very bad things" was in the book.
"I've heard his voice", Manigault Newman said. She was sacked in December of 2017 for, it was reported, taking advantage of perks like the White House vehicle service.
She insists her firing last December was because she knew too much about a possible audio recording of the President uttering a racial epithet, which she claims was the subject of deep consternation among campaign - and later White House - aides. "I was complicit, and for that I regret".
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The truly troubling thing about the tape, as an alarmed Twitter quickly picked up on, is that it exists at all.
Republican National Committee chair Ronna McDaniel suggested that Manigault Newman should be prosecuted if she's found to have broken any federal laws for recording a conversation in the Situation Room.
"Instead of telling the truth about all the good President Trump and his administration are doing to make America safe and prosperous, this book is riddled with lies and false accusations.
I have never once heard him say that about anyone, and I never heard Omarosa complained that she had heard the president say it about anyone either when she was there", Conway added.
By midday Sunday, scores of police in Washington had closed off roads and were standing by metal barricades across Lafayette Square outside the White House, ground zero for this year's protests. She has a new book, in which she has accusing him of displaying odd behaviors and using racially charged epithets.
Ivanka Trump and her husband reportedly pressured her father to single out white supremacists and neo-Nazis immediately after the violence a year ago, and he did - and then reversed himself within a day, once again blaming both sides.
On Saturday, Trump called Manigault a "low life."