Omarosa released a new secret recording that reveals Trump’s daughter in law, Lara Trump, trying to buy her silence.
Trump: Listen, obviously, with, like, “The New York Times” article and stuff, you know, it’s, it’s —
Omarosa: hat’s the New York time article?
Trump: The one that — the one that — it was in “The New York Times.” They wrote about you. It sounds a little like, obviously, that there are some things you’ve got in the back pocket to pull out. Clearly, if you come on board the campaign, like, we can’t have — we got to —
Omarosa: Oh, god, no —
Trump: — Everybody positive, right? So the only thing that we have to consider, where we’re talking salary, as far as the campaign is concerned is that, as you know, everything is public. Um, and that all the money that we raise and that pays salaries is directly from donors. Small donor dollars for the most part. So I know you were making 179 at the white house. And I think we can work something out where we keep you right along those lines. Um, specifically, let me see, I haven’t even added up the numbers. But we were talking about, like, 15k a month.
Um, let me see what that adds up to. Times 12. Yes, that’s $180,000. Does that sound like a fair deal for you? In terms of your position, specifically, I really feel like your position would require, you know, you to be able to be flexible in terms of where you are. Sometimes, you know, come to New York for occasional meetings. But I would love, if you could, you know, occasionally go do speaking engagements and that sort of thing for us. I think you’d be awesome doing that. So it doesn’t really matter where you are. If you’re comfortable staying in D.C., then, you know, you’re, we’re more than happy to have you —
After the audio played, Omarosa told MSNBC’s Craig Melvin, “She made it very clear if I joined this campaign, that I would have to be quiet. I wouldn’t be allowed to talk to reporters. I wouldn’t be allowed to say anything against Donald Trump. As she stated from her — in her own words, had to keep it positive. You can’t be talking about these things. What is this thing you have in your back pocket? I saw this as an attempt to buy my silence. So censor me. And to pay me off $15,000 per month by the campaign.”
Melvin asked, “You saw this as hush money?”
Omarosa answered, “Absolutely.”
To summarize, Trump was going to use donor funds to give Omarosa a made up job where she would not be allowed to talk to the press and only say positive things about Trump, so long as she didn’t use what The New York Times made it sound like she had in her back pocket. What is being discussed sounds a lot like hush money and a potential violation of campaign finance laws.
The dirt that Omarosa has on Trump might not be Russia impeachment level, but it shows the level of corruption and lawlessness within the entire Trump campaign operation and presidency.
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Mr. Easley is the founder/managing editor and Senior White House and Congressional correspondent for PoliticusUSA. Jason has a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science. His graduate work focused on public policy, with a specialization in social reform movements.
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