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Omarosa claims White House staffers had hashtag to discuss 25th Amendment

Former White House staffer Omarosa Manigault Newman claimed on MSNBC Sunday that she and other members of the Trump administration texted each other the hashtag "#tfa," referring to the 25th Amendment, "more than 100 times" during her tenure to discuss President Trump's "unhinged" actions.

Why it matters: The 25th Amendment can be invoked by the vice president and a majority of the Cabinet to remove a president they consider to be "unable to discharge the powers and duties" of the presidency. It took center stage this week after an anonymous senior White House official claimed that some Cabinet members had discussed using it in a controversial New York Times op-ed.

Scoop: How Omarosa secretly taped her victims

Illustration: Lazaro Gamio/Axios

Omarosa taped nearly every conversation she had while working in the White House, including ones with "all of the Trumps," a source who watched her make many of the tapes tells Axios. Omarosa did this with a personal phone, almost always on record mode.

Why it matters: Omarosa is far from the only White House staffer to exploit lax internal oversight and loose loyalties to collect damaging info on Trump and others. And we know of several staffers who took careful notes for future deployment.

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