The Apprentice Tapes are Being Subpoenaed
With rumors circulating from day one that President Donald Trump was overheard and recorded using racial slurs while on “The Apprentice,” those tapes are now being subpoenaed.
The subpoenas were filed by an organization called Lawyers for Civil Rights based on a lawsuit regarding TPS (Temporary Protected Status) for immigrants of Haiti, El Salvador, and Honduras. The attorneys for the organization are arguing that Trump’s motives for the laws are racially motivated and the tapes would bolster that claim.
The tapes are the property of the show, in this case MGM Holdings Inc. and Trump Productions LLC, and I’ve written before how MGM cannot release the tapes voluntarily due to contractual obligations. It’s no different than President Trump’s NDA (Non-Disclosure Agreements).
The subpoena demanded any footage shot during the production of the show in which Trump “uses racial and/or ethnic slurs” or “makes remarks concerning race, nationality and/or ethnic background.”
“Access to these videotapes will help further demonstrate that Defendant Trump holds racially biased views that impact his policy and decision making. The subpoenas also seek any relevant outtakes, audio clips and transcripts made during production of the show.” Attorney Oren Nimni.
Besides, MGM has made clear they aren’t releasing the tapes because they are prohibited per confidentiality contracts that were signed by Trump and Burnett. However, there’s a way around this.
Procedurally, MGM has a right to contest the subpoena request known as a seeking a protective order. The question is will they? And if so, why? There’s no doubt that Trump’s legal team will fight it, arguing it is not relevant, but why would MGM do it as a third party?
Alexander Hernandez, Esq.
Penn Jillette, the comedian/magician from Penn & Teller, claims there are in fact tapes in possession of Mark Burnett, the creator of “The Apprentice.
Is there a pee pee tape? If so, there is definitely someone that would know other than President Trump, and that’s his former fixer Michael Cohen. Now that Michael Cohen is cooperating with Robert Mueller’s team, we are one step closer to finding out if the pee tape exists.
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