How did this happen?
Makeup artist Jill Harth's request to work for Trump came nearly two decades after first accusing him of sexual assault, and months prior to reissuing those same allegations during the presidential campaign in 2016.
Though Harth reportedly suggested that The Hill write the article featuring her emails, she later accused the outlet — which she called a "rag for right-wing hit jobs" — of peddling "fake news."
Harth volunteered all of this information to the outlet during an interview about her relationship with women’s rights attorney Lisa Bloom and provided the emails to The Hill as backup for the story.
Harth told the outlet that she asked Bloom for representation after media attention on her 1997 allegations against Trump began to negatively impact her business in fall 2016.
At one point, Bloom started a GoFundMe page to help Harth secure a donor to pay off the mortgage on Harth's New York City apartment.
What are the details of Harth's emails?
Harth, who accused Trump of sexual assault in the 1990s, wrote him an email in October 2015 in which she asked to do his makeup for "a television interview, a debate, a photo session, anything!"
"It kills me to see you looking too orange and with white circles under the eyes," she wrote, referring to herself as part of "Team Trump."
"I will get your skin looking smoother and even toned," she added.
In a later email, Harth asked to meet with Trump to act as a campaign surrogate to tell voters how he improved her own life.
According to Harth, Trump "helped me with my self-confidence and all positive things about how he is with women."
Harth added that her desire to be involved with Trump and his campaign stemmed from wanting to show "support for Donald and his campaign."
Though the campaign provided Harth reserved tickets to a Trump rally, she was not hired as a campaign surrogate.
According to Harth's interview, she had no intentions to resurrecting the 1997 lawsuit and had made peace with the alleged Trump incident.
Harth said the only reason she came forward was because Trump denied allegations of wrongdoing against women who accused him of sexual misconduct.
After several outlets dug up the information on him weeks prior to the general election, Harth said that reporters pushed her name into the public domain after discovering the 1997 litigation.
"Having to retell my experiences of Donald Trump's harassment is the hardest thing I've ever had to do," she explained.
"Once the media rediscovered the complaint, Donald responded to it by repeatedly denigrating and disparaging me, and releasing an old National Enquirer article from the '90s that he planted," Harth added.
Is there more?
After the first Hill story was published, Harth in a follow-up statement provided to The Hill, said that her decision to ask Trump for career favor did not diminish the validity of her claims.
She added that her persistence was due to the desire of forwarding the profitability of her cosmetics line, for which she said she needed "a prominent spokesperson."
This is my response to the White House and the Hill hit piece on me. Please read and share. Thank you. pic.twitter.com/3Zs0jweq9m
— Jill Harth (@jillharth) December 19, 2017
You can read Harth's follow-up statement in its entirety here.
Harth's 1997 federal lawsuit against Trump — which alleged that Trump in 1993 pushed Harth up against a wall and groped her at his Mar-a-Lago resort and attempted to put his hands up her dress — was later withdrawn. She was also outspoken about the alleged incident in 2016, in the weeks leading up to the presidential election.
Harth and 18 other women have publicly accused Trump of sexual misconduct.
After Harth shared her follow-up statement, The Hill added that "Harth herself alerted The Hill to the existence of emails showing her effort to win business from President Trump at the start of the 2016 presidential campaign and she encouraged our reporter to obtain those emails, which we did.
"Our story is a factually accurate recounting of Harth’s contemporaneous emails, which she alerted us to and authenticated for us," The Hill's write-up added.