Omarosa releases secret tape of Lara Trump offering her $15K/month campaign job

Omarosa Manigault Newman, the former reality TV star who became a top White House aide to President Donald Trump, on Thursday released exclusively to MSNBC a secret tape of campaign official Lara Trump offering her a $15,000-a-month job after she was fired from the administration.

The tape — which, according to Manigault Newman was made on December 16, 2017, just days after she left her White House job — appears to corroborate claims she made in her new book about receiving an offer from the president's re-election campaign. Manigault Newman wrote in her book that the job offer came with the condition of signing a non-disclosure agreement; she said she did not accept it.

On the new tape, Lara Trump says, "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," she continues, before Manigault Newman interjects, "Oh, God no."

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In her tell-all book entitled 'Unhinged: An Insider’s Account of the Trump White House,' the former White House aide said President Donald Trump is a 'racist' who used the N-word.

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She claimed to walk in on Trump eating a piece of paper in the Oval Office.

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Omarosa claimed that Melania Trump plans to 'divorce' Trump as soon as his term is over and that she is punishing him with a 'style rebellion' until then.

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Omarosa claimed that President Trump and White House chief of staff John Kelly used 'derogatory' terms for Puerto Ricans.

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She claimed Trump wanted to be sworn in on 'The Art of the Deal' instead of the Bible at his inauguration.

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She claimed she was offered a $15,000-a-month contract and a job in exchange for her silence by President Trump's daughter-in-law and campaign adviser Lara Trump after her firing. 

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In one excerpt from the book Omarosa said, 'his mental decline could not be denied,' during an interview Trump did with NBC's Lester Holt in 2017.

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She claimed Trump questioned Harriet Tubman's appearance reportedly saying, 'you want to put that face on the twenty-dollar bill?' 

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Omarosa also claimed that Trump and KISS singer Gene Simmons talked about his daughter Ivanka's looks in front of her.


According to the book, the president called his son, Donald Trump Jr., a 'f--k up' after he released emails about the Trump Tower meeting.

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Omarosa claimed Trump drinks 'eight cans a day' of diet coke and said she thinks it's causing his health to decline. 

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Omarosa also claimed that Trump's nickname for Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos is 'Ditzy DeVos'.

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Omarosa claimed Trump insulted Kellyanne Conway's husband, George Conway, and his Filipino heritage.

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"Everything, everybody, positive, right?" Trump continues.

In an interview with MSNBC's Craig Melvin following the airing of the excerpts, Manigault Newman said the recording was proof of "an attempt" by the Trump team "to buy my silence, to censor me, and to pay me off."

Asked by Melvin if she saw it as "hush money," Manigault Newman responded, "Absolutely."

Manigault Newman shared four excerpts from the recording of the longer conversation for broadcast; NBC News has heard the full tape of the conversation and the clips are in context.

NBC News has contacted the Trump campaign for comment.

In another excerpt of the recording, Lara Trump, who is married to Donald Trump's son Eric, is heard explaining to Manigault Newman that "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."

"And that all the money that we raise and that pays salaries is directly from donors, small-dollar donors for the most part. So, I know you, you were making 179 at the White House. And I think we can work something out where we keep you right along those lines," Trump continues. "Specifically, let me see, I haven't even added up the numbers. But we were talking about, like, 15K a month. Let me see what that adds up to. Times 12. Yeah."

"So that's $180,000. Does that sound like a fair deal for you?" Trump is heard saying.

In another excerpt, Trump says the job would require Manigault Newman to be flexible about where she is working, pointing out that she would have to come to New York occasionally, but could remain in Washington, D.C., if she wanted to, and might be asked to do speaking engagements for the campaign.

When asked by Melvin why she did not share the full tape for NBC to play, Manigault Newman responded that she wanted to "undergird everything" in her book.

She reiterated that she witnessed "corruption" during her time in the White House, but when asked for the specifics of what she saw, she replied that "there are things I'm going to save to share when the time is right."

Manigault Newman wouldn’t comment on whether she'd spoken with special counsel Robert Mueller's team — which is investigating Russian interference in the 2016 election — since she began releasing her tapes (she told MSNBC on Tuesday that she’d been interviewed by Mueller), but said she would stand by her previous statement.

"Every time the Trump people challenge me, I bring the receipts," she said, adding that she would release more audio tapes "if I need to."

"I'll do what I have to do to protect myself," she said.

The latest secret audio recording — the fourth one 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 slammed the president as racist and in mental decline.

Trump has repeatedly insulted Manigault Newman in the days since her media blitz began, calling her "wacky," "vicious but not smart,"a "dog," and someone who “constantly missed work.” White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders has called Manigault Newman a "disgruntled former" employee whose book was simply an effort to profit off "false attacks."

Since last weekend, Manigault Newman has also publicly shared audio recordings made in the White House of Trump and of chief of staff John Kelly, as well as one of what she said was a phone call between herself and several other Trump advisers.

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