Trump staffer Meredith McIver claims responsibility for passages in Melania Trump’s speech

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Trump staffer Meredith McIver claims responsibility for passages in Melania Trump's speech Letter from Trump staffer Meredith McIver in which she claims responsibility for passages in Melania Trump’s speech.

A Trump Organization staff writer says she made a “mistake” in including passages from a Michelle Obama speech in Melania Trump’s convention speech.

Similarities in speeches of Melania Trump and Michelle Obama

Similarities in speeches of Melania Trump and Michelle Obama

The Trump campaign on Tuesday dismissed criticism that Melania Trump directly lifted two passages nearly word-for-word from the speech that first lady Michelle Obama delivered in 2008 at the Democratic National Convention, calling the complaints “just absurd.”

Meredith McIver says she offered her resignation, but Donald Trump rejected it.

McIver explained her role in the Trump plagiarism controversy in a statement issued Wednesday.

McIver says Mrs. Trump read passages of Mrs. Obama’s 2008 convention speech during the writing the process. She says her notes from that conversation made it into the final version.

She says she feels terrible for the “chaos” she caused.

The Trump campaign has said denied accusations of plagiarism, saying the similarities were coincidence.

Story by The Associated Press

Meredith McIver Letter

Letter from Trump staffer Meredith McIver in which she claims responsibility for passages in Melania Trump’s speech.