Former reality TV star and ex-White House staffer Omarosa Manigault Newman released another secret recording she made of President Trump in October of 2017, where he can be heard complaining about the Russia probe and Hillary Clinton, both recurrent targets of Trump’s ire.
According to Manigault Newman, who shared the recording on “The View,” Trump regularly barged into meetings he wasn’t part of when he “got bored, which was very often because his attention span was very short,” she said. Manigault Newman made the recording during a communications staff and press shop meeting after Trump interrupted and started “rambling from topic to topic, none of it makes sense.”
In the recording, Trump is heard saying that Clinton was “getting killed now” in relation to the Russia investigation
“The real Russia story is Hillary and collusion,” he said. “Somebody told me, Hope, you told me it was $9 million they spent on the phony report.”
White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders is heard interrupting, saying it was “closer to six.” Trump was referencing the so-called dossier, which was initially compiled for a conservative outlet by Fusion GPS seeking damaging information on Trump. When Trump became the nominee, a law firm affiliated with Clinton’s campaign and the Democratic National Committee paid Fusion GPS to continue conducting its research.
Former White House Communications Director Hope Hicks spoke up next, saying she had heard someone say that Clinton was “far worse for the country than we thought if she didn’t know her own campaign was spending $9 million.”
Trump then explains why he believes the Clinton campaign hired Fusion GPS through a law firm: “The reason a law firm is because this way you don’t have to give any papers. But they found out, it’s definitely illegal and its illegal from a campaign standpoint, from a campaign financing standpoint.”
“So the whole Russia thing, I think, seems to have turned around,” he continued. “What do you think, Sarah?”
“Absolutely,” Sanders is heard saying.
The ranting and raving about Russia and Clinton is behavior typical of Trump, but the release of the recording is just the latest in a series of tapes that Manigault Newman claims she made while serving in the White House. So far, she’s released tapes of Chief of Staff John Kelly firing her in the situation room, Trump calling her after she was fired, and Lara Trump, Eric Trump’s wife, offering Manigault Newman a job on the campaign in exchange for her silence about her time in the White House.
"So the whole Russia thing seems to have turned around," Trump can be heard saying.
— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) September 10, 2018