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White House review Prank phone call incident: source



The White House has published an internal report on how a call from comedian John Melendez has been linked to President Donald Trump, a senior White House official told ABC News.

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Confirming the authenticity of a call between The President and a former Howard Stern buddy, the White House representative, said the Legislative Bureau turned to Sen. Bob Menendez from New Jersey's office after White's switchboard House had been informed about the call.

The senator's chief of staff said Menendez never requested a phone call from the president and the message was relayed internally in the White House that the call should not be made.

  PHOTO: Sen. Bob Menendez, DN.J., speaks at an event that opens on March 28, 2018, his candidacy for re-election at Union City High School, Union City, NJ. Julio Cortez / AP, FILE
Sen. Bob Menendez, DN.J., speaks at an event that opens on March 28, 2018, his candidacy for re-election at Union City High School in Union City, NJ.

But the official told ABC News that the call went through anyway.

While recounting the experience of his "Stuttering John" podcast, Melendez said he was directly connected to Trump by his son-in-law Jared Kushner. He claims he also has a conversation with Kushner, who claimed to be Melendez's assistant and to use an English accent.

On the return flight from a rally in North Dakota on Thursday, the president had a conversation about immigration and his list of judges with the comedian he had recorded, the official said.

"I'd like to be able to handle this situation as well as anyone else," Trump said about the immigration.

  PHOTO: John Melendez visits the premiere of Gotti on June 14, 2018 at the New York Theater SVA. Charles Melesdez / Invision / AP
John Melendez attends the premiere of "Gotti" at the SVA Theater on June 14, 2018 in New York

Melendez then tried to influence the president on his shortlist at the Supreme Court by telling him that he would support a choice for his election, as long as they were not "too conservative." "

"Yes, well, we'll talk to you about it, we'll probably make a decision in the next two weeks, Bob," Trump replied.

Melendez bragged about his talent, saying in his podcast, "It just shows you how easy it is to infiltrate the White House."

The representative of the White House acknowledged that the episode had internally caused embarrassment and that they were dealing with the matter.

A White House spokesman declined to comment.


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