Ex-consultant Melania Trump claims she taped calls for defence

Melania Trump’s former friend and advisor said Tuesday she had documented her interactions with the first lady because she wanted facts to defend herself in the midst of concerns about the cost of the inauguration of President Donald Trump. Stephanie Winston Wolkoff, whose book “Melania and Me: The Rise and Fall of My Relationship with the First Lady” was published this week, helped to create the inauguration of Trump and later served as an unpaid White House advisor for the first lady.

Separately, Wolkoff told The Washington Post that while at the White House, Mrs. Trump used private e-mail accounts. Others in the White House were criticised for doing official business on private accounts, like Trump’s daughter Ivanka and her partner, Jared Kushner-but, unlike them, the first lady isn’t a government employee. In an interview on MSNBC’s “The Rachel Maddow Show,” Wolkoff said, “I was accused of tapping my mate, as the White House claimed, and how terrible I am for doing that to a human being.”

Wolkoff said Melania Trump told her that attorneys in the White House claimed there was no choice but to turn her back on her friend because there was a possible presidential inauguration committee probe. Wolkoff said she taped the first lady because “I would do anything in my power to ensure I was protected.” In an interview broadcast Monday, Wolkoff told ABC News that she is continuing to cooperate with multiple criminal investigations on the operations of the committee.