Omarosa's Trump tape story unravels, as more officials challenge 'N-word' claim
Omarosa Manigault Newman&rsquos claims about a recording of President Trump making use of the &ldquoN-word&rdquo are being disputed by an ever-expanding list of existing and former officials, calling into query a important passage in her newly released political inform-all.
Manigault Newman&rsquos claims 1st surfaced this week in a media blitz to promote the book, &ldquoUnhinged: An Insider&rsquos Account of the Trump White House,&rdquo which hit the shelves Tuesday. In interviews and the book, she claimed she confirmed rumors of an old tape from &ldquoThe Apprentice&rdquo in which Trump used the racial slur.
It is unclear at this point no matter whether Manigault Newman ever heard the alleged tape&mdashand whether it exists.
But a number of former and existing officials close to the president have denied her claims.
Former Trump campaign manager Corey Lewandowski told Fox News he &ldquonever heard of any tape.&rdquo
&ldquoI have never heard the president use that word ever,&rdquo Lewandowski mentioned Tuesday, adding that there was &ldquonever a conversation&rdquo about a tape and that it was &ldquonever brought to [his] consideration.&rdquo
&ldquoThis is now a pattern of individuals who have worked inside the constructing who are attempting to profiteer off of their relationship with the president,&rdquo Lewandowski stated. &ldquoIt&rsquos too undesirable, it&rsquos shameful and our nation, and the president, deserve better.&rdquo
Michael Short, a former White Home aide, also told Fox News he had no understanding of the tape.
&ldquoI by no means heard the president use any of the epithets alleged in the book or epithets of any type,&rdquo Short told Fox News.
Manigault Newman recommended the explanation Chief of Staff John Kelly fired her from her White House post was her pursuit of the tape. She wrote in her book that former White House Communications Director Hope Hicks told Kelly that Manigault Newman was &ldquothis close&rdquo to obtaining her &ldquohands&rdquo on the tape.
&ldquoGiven the circumstances and the timing, I had to believe that the purpose was to prevent me from receiving the N-word tape, which, by logic, I was now convinced had to be true,&rdquo she wrote in the prologue.
But the former &ldquoApprentice&rdquo star has provided varying accounts about the tape. In the book, she claimed she by no means heard the tape, but in the course of interviews this week, she claimed she heard the recording after the book was written.
Lynne Patton, a former assistant to Eric Trump and now a Division of Housing and Urban Development official, pushed back on Manigault Newman’s claims.
In a statement, Patton said she got a call from her on the day she was fired, &ldquoinforming me that she had personally heard a second-hand recording of President Trump making use of the &lsquoN-word&rsquo in a derogatory style.&rdquo In that contact, she stated, Manigault Newman claimed she voluntarily &ldquosubmitted her resignation&rdquo to Kelly and  advised that Patton &ldquoshould promptly do the identical before the audio surfaced.&rdquo
Manigault Newman claimed this week that the original source of the alleged tape was former &ldquoApprentice&rdquo producer Bill Pruitt.
But Patton said she spoke to Pruitt, and he has &ldquoNEVER had an audio tape&rdquo of Trump using the slur.
Pruitt did not instantly respond to Fox News&rsquo request for comment.
Katrina Pierson, former campaign spokeswoman, also told "Fox News @ Night" that she has "no sources with that tape."
Pierson also denied ever obtaining a conversation about the tape, adding that &ldquothe reason Omarosa is facing a wrath of contradiction is due to the fact she can&rsquot keep her lies straight.&rdquo Patton, as well, denied being on a conference call with Manigault Newman discussing the tape rumors — as she claimed in her book.
Even so, the emergence of yet yet another recording on Tuesday challenged that element of their claims. Manigault Newman released to CBS News a supposed recording of that telephone contact. It purportedly features her, Patton, Pierson and campaign communications director Jason Miller.
"I am attempting to locate at least what context it was utilised in to help us perhaps try to figure out a way to spin it," Pierson says on the tape.
Patton is then heard describing a conversation she had with Trump about his alleged use of the slur.
"I mentioned, ‘Well, sir, can you consider of anytime where this occurred?’ And he said, ‘no,’" Patton is heard saying.
Manigault Newman responds: "Well, that is not correct."
Pierson later says: "No, he stated it. He is embarrassed by it."
Upon the release of the CBS tape, Pierson attempted to clarify her comments.
&ldquoI never organized a conference call with Jason Miller to confirm Mr. Trump stated something. That discussion was nothing at all other than sifting by way of unconfirmed rumors with regards to &lsquoThe Apprentice&rsquo tape and the transcript supports my statement,&rdquo Pierson stated in a statement to Fox News Tuesday. &ldquoOmarosa fabricated the story by conflating numerous discussions.&rdquo
Also in the book, Manigault Newman claimed that pollster Frank Luntz had directly heard the &ldquoN-word&rdquo tape.
Luntz fired back on Friday, tweeting that her claim was &ldquoflat-out false.&rdquo
&ldquoI&rsquom in @Omarosa&rsquos book on web page 149. She claims to have heard from someone who heard from me that I heard Trump use the N-word. Not only is this flat-out false (I&rsquove never ever heard such a thing), but Omarosa didn&rsquot even make an work to get in touch with or e mail me to verify. Extremely shoddy work,&rdquo Luntz tweeted.
Trump on Monday night also tweeted that executive producer of &ldquoThe Apprentice&rdquo Mark Burnett assured him there are &ldquoNO TAPES&rdquo where he used &ldquosuch a terrible and disgusting word.&rdquo
&[email protected] named to say that there are NO TAPES of the Apprentice exactly where I utilized such a terrible and disgusting word as attributed by Wacky and Deranged Omarosa. I don&rsquot have that word in my vocabulary, and never have. She made it up,&rdquo Trump tweeted.
Fox News’ Ed Henry contributed to this report.
Published at Tue, 14 Aug 2018 17:55:00 +0000