Omarosa On Why She Was Recording Trump Officials: “In Trump World, Everyone Lies”

After releasing a series of damaging recordings of conversations with White House officials and President Trump, former White House staffer and “Apprentice” star Omarosa Manigault Newman said she needed to “protect herself” during the 2016 campaign and in the White House because in “Trump world, everyone lies.”

“Everyone says one thing one day, and they change their story the next day,” Omarosa said on “CBS This Morning” on Tuesday.

Her comments come after the release of a new recording in which Trump campaign staffers, including Lynne Patton, then-assistant to Eric Trump, campaign spokesperson Katrina Pierson and campaign communications director Jason Miller, discuss how to deal with the fallout from the potential release of a tape where then-candidate Trump had used the N-word. Audio of that call was obtained by CBS News overnight.

“I wanted to have this type of documentation so that in the event I found myself in this position where they’re questioning my credibility, saying they never discussed the N-word tape, they never heard these accusations, the president never heard these accusations when in fact this tape proves they discussed it at high levels of the Trump campaign,” Omarosa said.

“The moment we started talking about the N-word tape I was surprised no one doubted that he said it, and in fact they worked to try to suppress this tape for so long and everyone says he said it,” she added.

The release of the recording comes as Omarosa is promoting her memoir, “Unhinged,” published by a division of Simon & Schuster, which is a division of CBS. She said of the book’s authenticity, “If you see it in quotes, it can be verified, corroborated and it’s well-documented.”

Pierson, appearing on Fox News Monday before the latest tape’s release, denied that she had heard from sources that there was a tape of Mr. Trump using the racial slur or that she was asked to “put it to bed.”

“‘Katrina had heard from her sources that the tape was of trump using the N-word. Someone she knew who knew political strategist Frank Luntz told her that Luntz had heard it. Lynne reported that she asked trump about it on the plane specifically if it was possible that such a tape might exist and he said no. Then she (Katrina) asked him what he wanted her to do and he said put it to bed. Katrina cursed and said ‘he said it.’ Did that happen?,” asked Fox’s Ed Henry.

“No, Ed. That did not happen. Sounds like she is writing a script for a movie,” she responded.

Pierson and Patton later provided a joint statement to CBS News saying that “no one ever denied the existence” of conversations about an alleged N-word tape, but that “Omarosa was obsessed with it.”

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SOURCE: EMILY TILLETT
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