Omarosa Manigault-Newman, author of Unhinged: An Insider’s Account of the Trump White House, released a secret audio recording of Lara Trump, daughter-in-law to President Donald Trump, offering Newman a sweetheart job on the president’s reelection campaign the day after she was fired from the White House in December.
Newman shared the tape on MSNBC to host Craig Melvin, corroborating what she wrote in her tell-all book.
In the recording, Lara Trump offers Newman $15,000 a month because she’s “articulate” and “she’d be awesome” at being a surrogate for the president. L. Trump implied that if Newman were to work for the campaign, any “back pocket” dirt she may have on Trump would have to remain hidden.
Newman told Melvin that she declined the offer because she saw it as an attempt to “buy her silence” about her time in Trump’s administration.
.@omarosa just released a new recording of her and @LaraLeaTrump negotiating with her post White House firing to keep her quiet. She called it hush money.
Now Lara trump is player… pic.twitter.com/LAQmTLJ82e
— ALT- Immigration ? (@ALT_uscis) August 16, 2018
Former Federal Election Commissioner Ann Ravel said such an offer could be an election law violation due to the nebulous nature of the prospective job. The law requires campaign cash to be used for “bonafide purposes” and that salaries have to reflect “fair market value,” Ravel explained.
“This just the beginning of the type corruption in Trump world,” Newman said to Melvin, “and I am here to blow the whistle.”
She also said being called “articulate” was offensive, as it is often used in a derogatory manner toward African-Americans.
Earlier this week, Newman shared audio of Trump associates discussing how they would handle the fallout if a recording of Trump using the n-word, as Newman has insisted exists, finds its way to the public ear.
Manigault said on Monday that last December she informed Trump’s aides she was played a tape of Trump using the racial slur in reference to contestant Kwame Jackson during the production of The Apprentice. Manigault claimed contestant Troy McClain played the tape to her. She added that the recording is currently in the possession of Bill Pruitt, one of the show’s producers.
“As a producer on seasons 1 & 2 of [The Apprentice], I assure you: when it comes to the Trump Tapes there are far worse,” Pruitt tweeted in 2016 after the infamous Access Hollywood tape, in which Trump can be heard bragging about sexually assaulting women, was leaked.
— Bill Pruitt (@billpruitt) October 8, 2016
The president has denied ever using the word.