On Monday night, former Trump campaign officials Lynne Patton and Katrina Pierson unequivocally denied a claim in Omarosa Manigault Newman's White House tell-all, Unhinged, that they participated in an October 2016 conference call to discuss the potential fallout from a video of then-candidate Trump saying the N-word. On Tuesday morning, Manigault Newman dropped a new tape.
"CBS has not been able to verify the authenticity of the tape, but it does appear to confirm Omarosa's claims that Trump campaign officials were aware of this tape, in which then-candidate Trump used a racial slur, and they talked about how to handle it," CBS's Weijia Jiang said on CBS This Morning. Then she played the tape, which features Patton — now a top Housing and Urban Development official — Pierson, and former campaign communications director Jason Miller.
POTUS says former White House staffer @Omarosa lied when she called him a racist who has said the N-word on tape. But a new recording, obtained by @CBSNews overnight, seems to back up Omarosa's story that several Trump advisers discussed an alleged tape during the 2016 campaign. pic.twitter.com/tV3R6P2TvE
— CBS This Morning (@CBSThisMorning) August 14, 2018
This doesn't look great for Patton and especially Pierson, but the conversation could theoretically be about some other potential Trump scandal caught on tape, or perhaps Manigault Newman doctored the recordings. Also, none of the three claims to have heard the tape, though none of them seem overly surprised that their boss used a terrible racial slur, either. Peter Weber