Trump has privately questioned authenticity of 'Access Hollywood' tape, sources say

Peter Castro
November 28, 2017

Trump confirmed the tape's authenticity in fall of 2016, but more recently, on at least two occasions, the Times reports he told two people within his administration he doesn't think the tape is real or that the voice on the tape belongs to him.

Remember that famous Hollywood Access audiotape with Trump on the bus with Billy Bush where he talks about how he can just grab a woman by the pussy and get away with it because he's a celebrity?

Trump reportedly sees the calls for Moore to exit the Alabama race as a version of the scathing response that the "Access Hollywood" tape prompted.

Trump suggested to a Senator that the leaked recording was inauthentic, and he recently repeated the claim to an adviser, the report said.

On Nov. 26, Trump took to social media to indirectly support GOP candidate Roy Moore of Alabama for the U.S. Senate.

"I'm automatically attracted to beautiful - I just start kissing them".

Alabama Democrat shrugs off Trump's criticism
Sunday's tweets aren't the first time Trump has offered a de facto endorsement of Moore. Graham noted Republicans are in a lose-lose position when it comes to Moore.

According to the news outlet, Trump is supporting Moore through the scandal - in which Moore is accused of sexual conduct, harassment and assault with several women when he was in his thirties and they were fourteen to seventeen - because he sees a kinship with him.

Donald Trump (R) is interviewed by Billy Bush of Access Hollywood at "Celebrity Apprentice" Red Carpet Event at Trump Tower on January 20, 2015 in New York City.

Trump has noted that Moore denies the allegations, though Moore has admitted that he dated women who were younger than he was when he was in his 30s, and said that he often asked their mothers for permission.

Hours after the audio recording was published, Trump issued a video apology for the remarks.

"Like I just said, the president hasn't changed his position", Sanders said. He said the women were lying, and sometimes suggested they were not attractive enough to be sexually assaulted.

Pressed to specify what reporting Trump is questioning, Sanders said, "I said what he didn't like and what he found troubling were the accounts that are being reported now". I apologize to my family. "Nobody has more respect for women than I do".

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