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The White House Is Completely 'Rattled' by Omarosa — and Some Fear She May Have 200 Recordings: Report

A New York Times report shows the effects of the ex-staffers bombshell of a book tour.

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As Omarosa Manigault Newman continues her dramatic book tour, promoting her exposé Unhinged and making wild claims about her time in the administration and about President Donald Trump, White House staffers are more fearful than they've been about anything other than the Russia investigation, according to the New York Times.

Reporters Maggie Haberman and Kenneth Vogel describe Trump and other White House officials as "rattled" by the ordeal. They say the staffers are worried they will appear on tapes Manigault Newman made while working with them and that it is believed she could have "as many as 200" recordings.

Manigault Newman has already released several recordings from her time working in the White House and on the campaign, corroborating some of the allegations she makes in her new book.

On Thursday, she released a recording of Lara Trump, the president's daughter-in-law, offering her a $15,000-a-month position with the Trump 2020 campaign after she was fired from the White House, essentially as hush money. That recording shows that, even before the book tour, Team Trump was fearful about what Manigault Newman might reveal.

"Her willingness to slowly deploy the tapes for maximum effect is straight from Mr. Trump’s playbook, which includes boasts of relying on “truthful hyperbole” to engage people, of threatening to expose people with recordings and of claiming to have scurrilous information about people that he might reveal at any moment," wrote Haberman and Vogel.

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Cody Fenwick is a reporter and editor. Follow him on Twitter @codytfenwick.