Omarosa Manigault and her husband John Newman visited "The Daily Show with Trevor Noah" in New York on Tuesday to talk about her new tell-all book 'Unhinged: An Insider's Account of the Trump White House'.
Omarosa caused a frenzy when she alleged that a former producer for President Trump's reality TV show "Apprentice" let her hear an audio tape of Trump using racial slurs.
But the former Apprentice producer she named denied ever having an audio tape or hearing any tape of Trump using racial slurs.
In her book, Omarosa claimed she never heard the tape herself but she knew someone who heard it.
Then on MSNBC's "Hardball" on Monday, Omarosa told host Chris Matthews that she heard the audio -- after her book was published.
“When I had an opportunity to meet up with three different sources, they described the same exact statements," she said. "After I closed the book, I had an opportunity to go out in Los Angeles and sit down with the person who actually has a copy of the tape, and I heard his voice as clear as you and I are sitting here."
Omarosa named former Apprentice producer Bill Pruitt as the producer who let her hear the audio tape.
"My first reaction to it was this can’t be true, this is somebody I’ve known since 2003, [Trump] had always been kind to me, as I said repeatedly in dozens and dozens of interviews. So when I heard it, instinct was to protect him and not to dive deeper because I just dismissed it as untrue."
But Pruitt says he never had the audio tape, never heard the audio, and never played any audio for Omarosa.
Also in her book, Omarosa said White House staffer, Lynne Patton, and other campaign workers met to decide what to do about the audio tape -- if it existed.
Patton fired back in a statement on Twitter on Monday.
Tonight, on the MSNBC program, Hardball, Omarosa revealed to the general public what she had told me last December: That former Apprentice producer, Bill Pruitt, was the original source of the “N-word” tape.
Bill Pruitt is a mutual friend.
I just spoke to Bill Pruitt tonight before releasing this statement.
He confirmed to me (before Hardball had even gone off the air) that he does NOT have an audio tape of President Trump using the “N-word” and has NEVER had an audio tape of President Trump using the “N-word.” Period.
Multiple sources have claimed the existence of an audio tape since 2016. Two years later, there is still no evidence that the audio tape exists.
Omarosa's book was released on Tuesday, August 14.
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