Her dramatic divorce from a man she likens to a cult leader is the subject of a salacious, self-serving, mostly unverifiable account of her West Wing tenure, "Unhinged: An Insiders Account of the Trump White House" (Gallery Books, 330 pages).
In her Meet the Press interview with host Chuck Todd, Manigault took issue with a comment Kelly made about how "the staff works for me, not the president".
President Donald Trump called Omarosa a "lowlife" in his first public response to her new tell-all book. She says it proves stories that she had to be dragged out of The White House during that XMAS party in December, 2017 were false.
"I was complicit with this White House deceiving this nation - they continue to deceive this nation", she said.
Now, though, she says she's since heard the tape.
"Who in their right mind thinks it's appropriate to secretly record the White House chief of staff in the Situation Room?" tweeted Ronna McDaniel, chair of the Republican National Committee.
The truly troubling thing about the tape, as an alarmed Twitter quickly picked up on, is that it exists at all.
But now, Manigault Newman, who was a special liaison at the White House with the African American community, says Trump is trying to start a "race war".
Newman didn't specify when exactly the tape was from, but that it was from Trump's time hosting the show and spinoffs through early 2015.
White nationalists held the "Unite the Right" rally in Charlottesville a year ago, supposedly to protest the removal of a statue honoring a commander of the Confederate Army (the losing side in the U.S. Civil War).
"Lowlife, she's a lowlife", Trump responded before exiting a platform where he had been asking the bikers for their thoughts on the media.
White House press secretary Sarah Sanders said: 'This book is riddled with lies and false accusations. "You have to have your own back or else you'll look back and you'll have 17 knives in your back". That's downright criminal. And if I didn't have these recordings, no one in America would believe me. "No one. So I protected myself and I'm going to tell you, I'm so glad I did".
On the recording, White House Chief of Staff John Kelly can be heard talking to Omarosa in the Situation Room.