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Omarosa Manigault Newman, the former reality TV star who became an assistant to the White House for President Donald Trump, released on Thursday exclusively to MSNBC a secret video of the campaign official Lara Trump offered her a job of $ 15,000 a month after she was fired from the administration.
The tape – made according to Manigault Newman on December 16, 2017, just days after leaving the White House – seems to confirm the claims she made in her new book about receiving an offer of the reelection campaign from the president. Manigault Newman wrote in her book that the job offer came with the condition to sign a confidentiality agreement; she said she did not accept it.
On the new tape, Lara Trump says: "It seems a bit like, of course, that there are a few things you have in your back pocket to get out of it … come aboard the campaign, like, we can not have "We must," she continues, before Manigault Newman says, "Oh God not."
"Everything, everyone, positive, right?" Trump continues.
In an interview with Craig Melvin of MSNBC after the clips were aired, Manigault Newman said the recording was evidence of "an attempt" by the Trump team "to buy my silence, censor me and finish myself. pay. "
Asked if she saw it as" silent price ", Manigault Newman replied," Absolutely. "
Manigault Newman shared four excerpts of the recording of the longer interview for broadcast; NBC News has heard the full content of the conversation and the clips are in the right context.
In another fragment of the recording, Lara Trump, who is married to son Eric of Donald Trump, is told to explain to Manigault Newman that "the only thing we need to consider, where we talk about salary for the campaign, is that, as you know, everything is public. "
" And that all the money we collect and pay salaries is direct from donors, small donors for the most part, so I know you, you made 179 in the White House and I think we can work out something that will keep you in that direction, "continues Trump. "I did not even add the numbers, but I was talking about about 15,000 a month, let me see what that brings in. Times 12. Yes."
"So that's the intention, $ 180,000, does that sound like a fair deal to you?" Trump hears the saying.
In another fragment, Trump says the function requires that Manigault Newman be flexible about where she works, noting that she should come to New York occasionally, but stay in Washington, if she wanted to, and may be asked to speak for the campaign.
When Melvin asked why she did not share the complete tape for NBC to play, Manigault Newman replied that she wanted to "substantiate" & # 39; in her book.
She repeated that she had witnessed "corruption" during her stay at the White House, but when asked about the details of what she saw, she replied that "there are things I am going to spare to share when the time is right. "
Manigault Newman would not comment on whether she had spoken to Robert Mueller's team with special advice – who is investigating Russian interference in the 2016 elections – since she started her tapes free (she told MSNBC Tuesday she was "I was an interviewer by Mueller), but said she would keep her earlier statement.
" Every time the Trump people challenge me, I take the receipts ", she said, adding that she would release more audio tapes "if necessary. "
" I will do what I have to do to protect myself, "she said.
In a statement from the Trump campaign, Lara Trump named Manigault Newman's latest tape" fraud "and said she was" startled and saddened by her betrayal and offense. "
The latest secret audio recording – the fourth Manigault Newman has released in recent days – comes after the release this week of her book," Unhinged: An Insider's Account of the Trump White House, "in which she hit the president as a racist and a mental downfall.
Trump has repeatedly offended Manigault Newman in time since her media outbreak began, calling her "wacky," "vicious, but not smart," a "dog." and someone who "constantly missed work". The press secretary of the White House, Sarah Sanders, has called Manigault Newman a "disgruntled former" employee whose book was simply an attempt to take advantage of "false attacks".
Since last weekend, Manigault Newman has shared public sound recordings made in the White House of Trump and of Chief of Staff John Kelly, as well as one that, according to her, was a telephone conversation between herself and a number of other Trump advisers.