Former White House aide Omarosa Manigault Newman released a new secret recording in which President Donald Trump accused former Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton having ties to Russia.

The audio tape was made in October 2017 during a meeting between senior communications staffers, including Press Secretary Sarah Sanders and Communications Director Hope Hicks.

“He came into the meeting, he sat down, and he starts rambling from topic to topic, none of it makes sense,” Manigault Newman told MSNBC. “And this is in October of last year, so this is — twelve months after the election, and he’s still talking about Hillary Clinton.”

In the tape, Trump claims the “real Russia story is Hillary and collusion,” a statement that he has made in public multiple times. He alleges the Clinton campaign paid $9 million for a “phony report,” which is believed to be the Steele Dossier.


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When Sanders says it is “closer to $6 [million],” Trump says she is wrong, adding the money was “spent through a law firm.”

“That way, they can’t trace it,” he says. “But they traced it. One thing in this business is they trace it.”


“The reason a law firm is because this way you don’t have to give any papers,” he adds. “But they found out, it’s definitely illegal and it’s illegal from a campaign standpoint, from a campaign financing standpoint.”

At the end of the tape, Trump looks to his staff for affirmation.

“So the whole Russia thing, I think, seems to have turned around. What do you think, Sarah?” he asks. “Absolutely,” Sanders can be heard replying.

Omarosa said the recording backs up her claims that Trump is mentally unstable. She has been releasing multiple tapes as part of a media blitz following the release of her tell-all White House memoir Unhinged.

Meanwhile, in the wake of Omarosa’s secretly taping of her firing with Chief of Staff John Kelly in the Situation Room the White House has changed its phone policy. Staffers now have to leave their phones, including their government-issued phones, in their offices or in lockers near the West Wing entrance before they can enter the Situation Room.

Omarosa claimed during the interview on Monday that she had been threatened by Trump’s legal team because of the claims in her book as well as other allegations she has made in media interviews.

“They want to shut me down,” she said. “He wants to make sure I stay silent. I’m gonna keep on fighting, he’s not going to intimidate me.”

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