According to a report by Bloomberg Thursday, Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump has on several occasions refused requests by campaign advisers to undergo a full vetting process on his personal history.
Anonymous sources close to Trump told the news agency that both former campaign managers Corey Lewandowski and Paul Manafort suggested the candidate submit to a forensic interview that would elicit communication of past events which may be embarrassing or portray the New York businessman in a negative light.
In May, NBC News also reported that Trump failed to communicate with top advisers about possibly damaging stories from the start of his campaign in June 2015.
Trump has paid the price for his unwillingness to privately divulge the darker moments of his life, as numerous stories have surfaced recently that portray the GOP nominee as lewd and a possible sex offender. If the presidential campaign had known about the allegations from what is now at least six women who say Trump touched them inappropriately without consent, they may have been better prepared to deal with the subsequent media fallout.
“I don’t know what’s out there,” current campaign manager Kellyanne Conway told Fox News Wednesday, Oct. 12. “There’s no way for me to know what is and isn’t out there.”
However, opposition research on the New York real estate mogul was reportedly conducted by the Republican National Committee in 2015, but the party apparently found nothing of significance.
Lewandowski, Trump’s first presidential campaign manager, performed opposition research on the candidate that only amounted to his past positions on political issues such as the Iraq war and personal donations to Democratic candidates, including Hillary Clinton.
Inside sources also said that Trump declined to divulge any negative personal incidents to advisers Roger Stone and Michael Cohen while considering a run for the New York governor’s office in 2014.
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