Donald Trump’s former communications director Jason Miller is facing accusations of physical and sexual abuse by his former campaign adviser lover, who says he demanded she abort the baby they conceived while his wife was also pregnant, DailyMailTV reveals.
CNN contributor Miller, a one-time Trump official, is facing the allegations in an increasingly ugly child custody feud with his former lover and fellow Trump campaign adviser A.J. Delgado.
Delgado accuses him of misogyny, says he texted her to say Kellyanne Conway had ‘shriveled up fun bags’ and claims he told her the moon landing was faked.
She says he physically and sexually abused her but has not provided further details of how, when or where, and declined to expand on the claim in a DailyMailTV interview.
Miller, 42, and Delgado, 40, have been locked for months in a court battle over their eight-month old son.
Miller adamantly disputes the abuse allegations made by Delgado and has requested a court-ordered mental evaluation of the mother of his child, according to records.
In a statement to DailyMailTV he called the claims ‘a pattern of harassment’ which were trying to end his loving relationship with his son and ‘ruin me professionally’.
‘Ms. Delgado is continuing to use the media, as well as social media, as a tool to spread false and salacious accusations for leverage in pending litigation between us,’ he said.
Former Trump campaign adviser A.J. Delgado has accused Trump’s ex-communications director Jason Miller of sexual and physical abuse in a child custody battle over the former lovers’ eight-month-old son. Delgado says this picture was one of the first taken with her son – and it was when Miller asked for a paternity test shortly after his birth
Miller is a former Trump communications director and a CNN contributor, putting across a pro-Trump view. He held meetings in the White House on Monday.
Delgado, second from right with Miller (center) and others at a Trump social event, says Miller misled her during their October 2016 relationship by claiming he was getting divorced from his wife
Miller is married and has two daughters with his wife Kelly Miller, who gave birth to their second girl around the same time his son was born.
Delgado, one of Trump’s key female Hispanic campaign advocates, says Miller misled her during their October 2016 relationship by claiming he was getting divorced from his wife.
In reality, however, Miller’s wife was six months pregnant at the time and they were not separated.
‘FALSE AND SALACIOUS’: WHAT JASON MILLER TOLD DAILYMAILTV ABOUT HIS EX’S CLAIMS
‘For the past year and a half my wife and I have remained silent as Ms. Delgado has engaged in a continuing pattern of harassment in an effort to drive a wedge between me and our son, break up my family and ruin me professionally.
‘To be clear, Ms. Delgado is continuing to use the media, as well as social media, as a tool to spread false and salacious accusations for leverage in pending litigation between us.
‘The most recent charges she has contrived are serious, yet she has never filed an independent action with any court or law enforcement authority, nor has she ever made these fabricated allegations in any of her previous media interviews.
‘It is clear that her misconduct and campaign of harassment will not stop absent court intervention, and I have retained additional counsel to pursue my remedies in court this week.’
After Delgado’s pregnancy was revealed in December 2016, the scandal ended Miller’s appointment as Trump’s White House communications director days after it was announced and well before the Trump inauguration.
Miller has since bounced back and is now managing director of Teneo – the ‘CEO advisory firm’ run by longtime Bill Clinton aide Doug Band – and is a paid commentator on CNN where he is now one of the president’s most outspoken advocates. He was a visitor to the White House on Monday.
But behind the scenes, Miller and Delgado have been battling in court over their son’s future – with Delgado now telling DailyMailTV that she believes Miller is trying to take full custody of their son.
‘I don’t see how it’s morally correct especially someone who’s in the party of family values, how this is good for our son, or how it’s morally appropriate for somebody to drag a first time mother, a single mother, through a litigation that has gone on ten months and counting,’ she told DailyMailTV.
She added: ‘I think [Miller] has a great deal of resentment against me based on me not concealing the pregnancy and going forward with the pregnancy.’
In court documents obtained by DailyMailTV, Delgado claims that Miller was ‘sexually abusive’ and ‘physically abusive’ toward her on at least one occasion.
‘On at least one occasion, [Miller] was sexually abusive toward [Delgado]. On at least one occasion, [Miller] was physically abusive toward [Delgado],’ said the March 23 Motion filed by Delgado, which asks the court to consider a mental health evaluation for Miller.
The documents provide no further details on the alleged abuse, and Delgado declined to discuss them.
Delgado also claims in documents that Miller ‘seems to have a demonstrably misogynistic attitude on women’.
He once texted Delgado that former Trump campaign manager Kellyanne Conway has ‘shriveled up fun bags’ that needed to remain ‘covered’, she claimed in the documents.
In a court filing from Delgado and Miller’s custody battle, Delgado accuses Miller of being misogynistic and said he exhibited ‘paranoid behavior’
In texts from after Delgado revealed she was pregnant, Miller said he tried contacting her several times. He said he hated being apart and ‘desperately’ needed to speak with Delgado
In another message, Miller said he missed Delgado and wanted to be with her, despite telling her her to have an abortion, according to court documents. He denies that claim
Exchanged: Emails filed in court show how Delgado reached out to Miller’s wife Kelly and how she responded
She and Miller are both asking for the other to undergo psychiatric evaluations by the court, as part of a dispute that has become increasingly acrimonious since the 2016 election.
Miller’s court filings say that gado ‘alarmingly and falsely claims that she was sexually and physically abused by the father [Miller].’
The record notes that Delgado had previously told a reporter for The Atlantic that she and Miller had a ‘really nice, sweet relationship’ and makes no mention of any abuse.
He also expressed concerns about Delgado’s alleged ‘lack of stability’ and ‘obsessive behaviour’ toward Miller’s wife and two other children.
The document also claims that a former boyfriend of Delgado’s was forced to obtain a five-year injunction against Delgado for cyber-stalking him in 2012.
‘[I]t seems [Delgado] is not able to control herself and this time the danger is to a very young child,’ said the document.
In her court filings, Delgado makes numerous accusations against Miller, including that he drinks excessively, believed Steve Bannon was trying to sabotage his career, and once told her that he thought the moon landing was faked – something he said he had learned while working for Ted Cruz.
Miller is married to Kelly Miller (pictured), who gave birth to their second daughter around the same time his son was born
‘He also claimed Steve Bannon was trying to deny him the White House role he deserved, and other paranoid complaints,’ wrote Delgado.
‘When [Delgado] asked how he could possibly believe [the moon landing was fake], he said he learned it from spending time with Ted Cruz’s team, noting something about the Houston connection,’ said the document.
When he worked for Cruz he had called Trump ‘sleazy Donald’, she alleged, despite his later high-profile advocacy for the candidate and now for the president.
Delgado said Miller ‘threatens [Delgado] with frivolous lawsuits, including that, if she dares to criticize him on social media and if he loses any job, he will sue her for tortious interference.’
Meanwhile, Miller has claimed Delgado is ‘obsessed’ with his appearances on CNN and has ‘attacked’ and yelled at him.
He has unsuccessfully petitioned the court to stop her from discussing personal aspects of the case on social media.
Delgado said she is at a disadvantage in court because she has fewer financial resources than Miller, and this has forced her to confront the reality of ‘white male privilege’.
According to court records, Miller earns $614,000 a year for his work for Teneo and CNN, and Delgado earns $120,000 a year for non-profit legal work.
‘It really does feel like the Handmaid’s Tale,’ Delgado told DailyMailTV, referring to the dystopian novel and television adaptation about a lower-class woman who is forced to act as a surrogate for a wealthy family. ‘[The system] treats women, especially single mothers, like mules.
‘As a conservative we hear the term ‘white male privilege’ and we kind of roll our eyes at it,’ she added. ‘I don’t. I see it all the time in this case.’
Loving relationship: Jason Miller said in a statement to DailyMailTV that Delgado was trying ‘effort to drive a wedge between me and our son, break up my family and ruin me professionally’
In another text message, Delgado claims in court documents that Miller said that Kellyanne Conway had ‘shriveled up fun bags’
She is also sensitive to the stereotypes of ‘scorned women’ that she says are prevalent in the family court system: ‘The automatic perception of the mother is that the mother is angry and bitter because she’s single, and vengeful.’
Delgado and Miller started seeing each other in October 2016, after Miller hired her as an adviser on the Trump campaign.
Delgado, a Harvard-educated attorney who first endorsed Trump in October 2015, was one of Trump’s most prominent TV surrogates on Hispanic and women’s issues.
Miller and Delgado began an under-the-radar relationship while working out of Trump Tower in New York: grabbing drinks at nearby bars; watching movies at Miller’s apartment; ducking out of the office early together. They called each other ‘babe’ on texts and sent each other hearts and kissy face emojis.
Delgado said Miller claimed he was separated from his wife, and she had ‘zero reason to think’ he was insincere. One weekend he told her he was meeting with a divorce accountant, she said.
‘He would go into great detail,’ said Delgado. ‘When I asked him one time why haven’t you guys filed [for divorce] yet, he said the reason is because we’re waiting until after the election, I don’t want to draw negative attention during the campaign. That made total sense.’
She said that she didn’t suspect anything until the night of November 21, 2016, when she told him that she was pregnant – and the baby was his.
It was then that Miller confessed his wife was also seven months pregnant, according to Delgado.
‘All of a sudden I thought wait a minute you’re divorcing your wife who’s currently pregnant? I mean, I know that happens, but it’s highly unlikely,’ she said. ‘That’s when I began to question the narrative he had fed me.’
Delgado said Miller was ‘surprisingly calm’ when she told him the baby news, but by the next morning he had a ‘very different reaction’ – and asked if she would consider an abortion.
‘He said it outright, a clear request: is there any way you would consider terminating it…it wasn’t even an argument, the minute he said those words no further words were exchanged. I was not going to suffer that kind of request, sitting there,’ she said. Miller has denied that he asked her to abort their baby.
Delgado said she left Miller’s apartment, collected her belongings from her hotel room, and got on the next plane to Miami where she had been living part time with her mother.
Miller is now working in a consulting position at political firm Teneo – run by longtime Bill Clinton aide Doug Band (pictured)
Over the next week, Miller sent Delgado over a dozen texts and phone messages that went unanswered.
‘A.J. – I am sorry for what I pulled you into but I won’t apologize for how I feel about you. I’m crazy about you and hate being apart. I understand if you don’t want to talk to me, just know that I desperately want to talk to you,’ he texted her on November 22, 2016.
‘I miss you so much, babe. I wish you’d take my call. Even if just to tell me to get lost, it’s killing me,’ he wrote the next day. ‘I know I messed up. I wish I was with you. You’re so beautiful it drives me crazy.’
‘And for the record, I’m still crazy about you and miss you terribly. I’ll call in a bit even if just to hear the sad auto phone number voice recording,’ he said.
At the same time, Miller worried about what Delgado’s pregnancy would mean for his career and his family.
According to Delgado’s court filings, he sent out text messages fretting that would be ‘unemployable’ if the news came out.
One month later, at least some of his fears proved correct. Shortly after the Trump transition team announced Miller would be appointed White House communications director, Delgado made her own announcement on Twitter: ‘Congratulations to the baby-daddy on being named WH Comms Director!’ she wrote.
Delgado deleted the tweet shortly after, but it was widely disseminated by political observers. Miller turned down the White House role, saying he wanted to spend more time with his family.
Delgado, pictured above with Rudy Giuliani, was considered one of Trump’s key female Hispanic campaign advocates
Delgado and Miller started seeing each other in October 2016, after Miller hired her as an adviser on the Trump campaign – where she met prominent elgado is pictured above left with Ben Carson and right with Sean Spicer
Delgado said she posted the message a few days after Miller had asked her again to get an abortion. According to Delgado, that was the last time the two ever spoke over the phone.
‘Part of the reason that I posted those tweets is because I felt if I put this out there he’ll know there is no hope of my terminating it because it will be already out there,’ she said. ‘So he’ll stop pressuring me, and he’ll know that’s not an option.’
By the time Delgado made her Twitter announcement, Miller’s wife Kelly was already aware of the pregnancy.
Delgado had sent Kelly Miller a one-line email on December 17, 2016, asking her to ‘Please call me when you have a moment tonight.’
The outreach attempt did not go over well. ‘You are a fucking s**t. Don’t ever reach out to me again,’ wrote Kelly Miller, who was also seven months pregnant at the time.
A few hours later, Kelly Miller followed up: ‘Just so we are clear…I have talked to my husband, I know about the supposed pregnancy. We have decided we are going to work on our marriage and raise our family. This actually might make us stronger.’
‘Thing is…[it] never works out for the person in your position,’ she added.
Meanwhile, an email between the feuding former lovers showed that Delgado was keenly aware of the political narrative surrounding her pregnancy and the damage it could cause for Miller.
She wrote to Miller in January 2017: ‘The world already knows that you told a trusting girl you were separated, and got her pregnant – but it gets worse: you then didn’t even help ensure the health and well-being of the child you created. I don’t think I’ve even heard of any man doing that.’ She told Miller to not bother responding.
Delgado, a Harvard-educated attorney who first endorsed Trump in October 2015, was a frequent TV surrogate for the then candidate speaking on Hispanic and women’s issues
Since leaving Trump’s campaign, Delgado has earned $120,000 a year for non-profit legal work
Miller had completely cut off communication with Delgado at this point. She said he did not contact her until a few weeks before their son was born, and this was done through his lawyers.
According to Delgado, Miller’s meetings with their son have been governed by careful legal agreements that tell her where to stand, how to hand over the baby, and in some cases asking that Delgado remain in a separate room throughout the exchange.
She said Miller has also brought his own security to the sessions. When they do have to communicate, they do it through a special child custody app called ‘Our Family Wizard’.
‘He refuses to pick up Will in the driveway of the house, when he does see him. For months we had to do the exchanges in the middle of a supermarket lobby (which was, at least, better than the suggestion of a police-department lobby),’ said Delgado.
Delgado previously had her own lawyer, but now acts as her own counsel. She said she can no longer afford an attorney because of her legal bills, estimating that she owes around $100,000.
Miller’s court documents say that she has refused him court-ordered time with his son, with whom he has a loving relationship. That included not letting Miller spend time with his son in the week before Easter, which he said in court documents Delgado declined to allow because she is a practicing Catholic.
She also declined to let him see his son on Fridays in Lent for the same reasons.
The baby boy has spent time with Miller’s other children.
Delgado said she is speaking up now because she wants to shed light on the family court system, which she feels is stacked against single mothers and favors wealthy fathers.
Delgado said she feels Miller and his wife want to be a part of her son’s life now, but were never there before the child was born.
‘Where were you all when I had to take buses by myself and sit there by myself with a huge belly in the waiting room and have no one asking me, certainly not the father or his family asking, if there was anything I needed or how I was doing or even if our son was alive,’ she said.
‘To any women who read this who got to go to a sonogram and who got to at least have someone sitting there with them in the waiting room, or they got to text the father a photo afterward and say ‘hey look at our child’. Consider yourself lucky. It’s a very ugly thing to go through that alone,’ she added.