1. SELF SABOTAGE
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Disgraced “Today” host Billy Bush bragged to NBC staffers about the lewd Donald Trump tape that got him suspended, Page Six cited multiple sources as saying. According to the report, Bush told staffers that he had a “tape of Trump being a real dog” while covering the Rio Olympics in August. It is precisely his boasting that prompted “Access Hollywood” staffers to track down the damning tape, the report said. “If he knew about the tape, and remembered the full extent of such an explosive conversation with a presidential candidate and didn’t disclose that to NBC News, that is a very, very serious problem,” an unnamed source was quoted as saying. Bush has already been suspended from “Today” in the wake of the scandal, but he also faces scrutiny by NBC for workplace sexual harassment over the comments he made in the tape about co-host Nancy O’Dell, the report said. In the video, Bush can be heard giggling and egging on Trump as he bragged about trying to “move on” O’Dell. “There is concern that Bush didn’t defend his female co-worker. Instead, he appears to encourage that type of talk about her,” a source told Page Six. Bush’s female colleagues were reportedly asked to come forward if they have any complaints about his behavior, and a meeting was held on Monday over the matter, the report said.