Lawyers for Civil Rights is seeking unaired footage from Trump’s time on the reality TV show “The Apprentice” in which Trump allegedly made racist comments.
The organization is currently suing the president over his decision to rescind special protections from immigrants facing deportation. ABC reports that the lawyers are seeking the tapes to prove Trump’s decision was racially motivated and was therefore illegal under U.S. law.
The existence of tapes reportedly containing Donald Trump using racist language was first raised when former White House staffer and reality-TV personality, Omarosa Manigault Newman, claimed in her book that Trump had used the N-word on the set of “The Apprentice.”
Trump has repeatedly asserted that no such tapes exist. The president Tweeted, “I don’t have that word in my vocabulary, and never have”.
This has not stopped Lawyers for Civil Rights issuing subpoenas to MGM Holdings Inc. and Trump Productions LLC. demanding to see any footage which shows the president using “racial and/or ethnic slurs.”
The case was filed through Boston’s federal court and questions the legality of Trump’s decision to rescind the protected status of several thousand immigrants for Haiti, El Salvador and Honduras.
In a similar case filed in California, a federal judge issued a temporary injunction preventing the Trump administration from ending Obama-era protections for over 300,000 immigrants. The judge in San Francisco cited evidence that Trump harbors “an animus against non-white, non-European aliens” which influenced his decision.
Attorney Oren Nimni believes the discovery of unaired footage from Trump’s days on “The Apprentice” will further demonstrate these beliefs. She told ABC News, “access to these videotapes will help further demonstrate that Defendant Trump holds racially biased views that impact his policy and decision making”.
Neither the White House nor lawyers for MGM have responded to an ABC News email requesting comment.
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