In the past couple of weeks, Omarosa Manigault Newman has released audio tapes, many of the recordings private conversations that Donald Trump or his aides had amongst each other. So far, Manigault Newman released a tape where Trump associates were supposedly surprised that she was fired and another audio tape where Manigault-Newman was offered hush money.
Recently, the former Trump aide released another recording in which Trump can be heard talking about Hillary Clinton and the Russia investigation spearheaded by Robert Mueller. Manigault Newman notes that the recording was made on October 2017, during a meeting between senior communications staffers about tax reform that Trump apparently crashed to talk about a dossier alleging collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia compiled by British intelligence operative Christopher Steele.
In the audio recording, you can also hear Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders and former White House communications director Hope Hicks. You can listen to Trump ramble about some law firm working with Hillary to expose a “phony report.”
I think Hillary is getting killed with Russia. The real Russia story is Hillary and collusion. Somebody told me, Hope, you told me it was $9 million they spent on the phony report.”
You can hear Sanders and Hicks agreeing with Trump. However, Manigault Newman called Trump’s claims “blatant lies,” but said that the communication staff had to parrot information to the American people.
In an October 2017 press briefing, Sanders defended Trump campaign officials’ contacts with Russians claiming to have “dirt” on Clinton by saying “the big difference here is you have a meeting that took place versus millions of dollars being sent to create fake information to actually influence the election.”
“You cannot silence someone when they’re coming forward to expose corruption,” Manigault-Newman said of the Trump team’s arbitration action against her. “I’m going to keep on fighting.”