Former US Attorney Joyce Vance told MSNBC’s Kasie Hunt on Sunday that Omarosa Manigault “likely” committed a technical crime or two when she recorded her own firing in the White House Situation Room and then released the tape.
“From your perspective as a former law enforcement official, is she in any legal jeopardy here doing something like this?” Hunt asked. “I mean, is there anything she’s opening herself up to?”
Vance replied, “There is likely a technical crime or two that’s been committed here. Obviously, prosecutors don’t choose to prosecute every technical crime that’s been committed, but she probably should get herself a lawyer and be in consultation.”
Earlier today, Manigault released the tape she made of her job ending conversation with White House Chief of Staff John Kelly in the secure White House room.
Omarosa: “Is the president aware of what’s going on?” pic.twitter.com/ZTeS7fzz5b
— Meet the Press (@MeetThePress) August 12, 2018
Speaking of that conversation, Vance also told Hunt that perhaps Kelly even thought Manigault may record him and that is why such a secure location was chosen.
“Typically I wouldn’t think that the president’s chief of staff would need to take an employee into the Situation Room to fire them,” she said. “And it seems like he may have taken her into the Situation Room contemplating that as a secure facility, she wouldn’t be able to take a phone or another recording device in with her.”
Vance also stressed, “It’s an incredible lapse, frankly, of security in this White House that she was in the Situation Room with a phone at all, whether it was recording or not. So, a lot of different layers here to peel back.”
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