The former Vice President of Trump Plaza Casino in Atlantic City told CNN Monday that he was so fearful that Donald Trump had bugged his office that he had it professionally swept for a year.
In an interview with Erin Burnett, Jack O’Donnell explained that Trump taping conversations was part of “business as usual” for the Trump Organization.
“Just before I became the president and chief operating officer of the organization, my boss at the time, Steve Hyde, came to me and said, ‘Hey, you have a lot of conversations with Donald. You’re going to be on the phone a lot. Just be aware that somebody is always going to be listening. It might be recorded and it might just be somebody else in the office listening in on the conversations. But I was very aware that your conversations were being heard by more than just Donald Trump when you spoke to him.”
When confessing to sweeping his office, he said that he “became suspicious early on when I moved into the president’s office.” So, he asked the security people to sweep his office.
“Then it did become a regular thing, like every six months I had, you know, somebody go through the office, one of our surveillance people, just to make sure,” he continued. “We weren’t doing anything wrong but, you know, the red flags went off a couple of times when I was on calls. Some, you know, with Donald, some without him.”
When he spoke of “red flags” he explained that it was a series of clicks or a bad connection of the phone. Similarly, he would have people in the office not saying anything while speaking with him. He never identifies who is on the call or listening in when speaking to people, according to O’Donnell.
Former Trump lawyer Michael Cohen revealed through his own attorney that there are over 150 recorded conversations with Trump.
See the full interview below:
NYT columnist says one of Trump’s friends begged him to talk him out of launching war with Iran
On Monday, Thomas Friedman of The New York Times spoke to CNN's Anderson Cooper, following President Donald Trump's attacks on him for calling his behavior racist in a recent article. The president accused him of "kissing [his] a**" in an Oval Office phone call.
Speaking to Cooper, Friedman denied Trump's characterization of their discussion.
"The president tweeted about a private conversation we had and lobbed in a few insults," said Friedman. "Basically, my response, which I put out on Twitter is that I was encouraged by a friend of his to speak to him after the downing of the American drone, because I thought it was wise that we not retaliate, and I thought he was wise not to retaliate, and this friend of his wanted me to encourage him in that, because he was evidently agonizing a little over that not retaliating. And I did that. I began the conversation by saying that 'I disagree with you, Mr. President on many things, but I think you did the right thing on this.' We talked for about four minutes. We also talked about China and we left it at that."
Here are 3 things Americans must hear from Mueller’s testimony: Democratic senator
No one can say with certainty what former special counsel Robert Mueller will tell the American people when he testifies before the House Intelligence and Judiciary Committees on Wednesday.
But on Monday, Sen. Mazie Hirono (D-HI) told CNN's Wolf Blitzer the broad strokes of what Mueller will be expected to say — and what the American people should be listening for if they are not yet convinced President Donald Trump has committed impeachable offenses.
"Do you think there are Americans out there who still haven't made up their mind on this issue of impeachment, obstruction of justice, collusion and all of that?" Blitzer asked her. "Have the American people moved on?"
Trump is becoming more hawkish on Iran — and he’s running out of options: report
So far, one of the only pieces of good news in the escalating tensions between the United States and Iran is that President Donald Trump has been reluctant to use military force, taking his cues in part from Fox News host Tucker Carlson, who has personally warned him that it would end his presidency — resisting the urges of his most trigger-happy advisers like John Bolton.
Now, however, the president appears to be having second thoughts as it becomes clearer that he will not be able to broker a better deal than President Barack Obama's nuclear agreement, and is starting to view the conflict more hawkishly, reported CNN's Kaitlan Collins on Monday.