Dem lawmaker labels Trump the ‘Grand Wizard of 1600 Pennsylvania Ave’
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Rep. Hakeem JeffriesHakeem Sekou JeffriesThe Hill's Morning Report - Presented by the American Academy of HIV Medicine - Will there be any last-minute shutdown drama? Congress hits gas on border deal Trump: 'Shutdown would be a terrible thing' MORE (D-N.Y.) is calling President TrumpDonald John TrumpRosenstein expected to leave DOJ next month: reports Allies wary of Shanahan's assurances with looming presence of Trump States file lawsuit seeking to block Trump's national emergency declaration MORE the “Grand Wizard of 1600 Pennsylvania Ave” in the wake of tapes released by former White House aide Omarosa Manigault NewmanOmarosa Onee Manigault NewmanEx-White House aide Cliff Sims sues Trump NYT: White House says Trump's tan is the result of ‘good genes’ Former White House aide says he's not worried about lawsuit over tell-all book MORE and the president's former lawyer Michael Cohen.

“Omarosa and Cohen are crushing this guy (Grand Wizard of 1600 Pennsylvania Ave),” Jeffries tweeted on Tuesday, referring to a Ku Klux Klan title and sharing a CBS report about an audio recording that Manigault Newman says proves the existence of a tape on which Trump can be heard using the N-word.


The tape contains a conversation between Manigault Newman, former Trump campaign spokeswoman Katrina Pierson and Lynn Patton, a top official in the Department of Housing and Urban Development, according to CBS News.

In the conversation, which appears to have taken place during the 2016 presidential campaign, Patton says, “He goes, 'How do you think I should handle it?' And I told him exactly what you just said, Omarosa, which is, 'Well, it depends on what scenario you are talking about.' And he said, 'Well, why don’t you just go ahead and put it to bed.’”

Pierson then replies, “He said — no, he said it. He is embarrassed.”

Patton and Pierson released a joint statement disputing Manigault Newman’s interpretation of the tape. The two said that they were discussing the possibility that a tape exists of the president using the racial slur, but that the president confirmed to them that he had never said it.

The tapes are being released as Manigault Newman promotes her new book, "Unhinged: An Insider's Account of the Trump White House."

Trump earlier Tuesday took to Twitter, calling her a "crazed, crying lowlife" and praising chief of staff John KellyJohn Francis KellyMORE for "quickly firing that dog!"