Melania Trump's Speechwriter Takes Blame for Plagiarism Charges

Donald Trump leaves the stage with his wife, Melania, after she spoke at the Republican National Convention in Cleveland on July 18. Her speech has dominated the news cycle since Monday night, after reporters discovered it contained similar lines to those in Michelle Obama’s speech at the Democratic National Convention in 2008. Carlo Allegri/Reuters

Almost two days after Donald Trump's wife, Melania, was blasted for plagiarizing her speech at the Republican National Convention, a campaign staff writer on Wednesday took responsibility for lifting lines from first lady Michelle Obama.

The in-house staff writer, Meredith McIver, wrote a letter of apology that was published on the campaign's website on Wednesday morning. McIver explained how Melania Trump had read her the passages she found inspiring from Obama's 2008 speech at the Democratic National Convention. McIver said she didn't check Obama's speeches and offered her resignation to Trump on Tuesday, which the Republican presidential candidate rejected. "Mr. Trump told me that people make innocent mistakes and that we learn and grow from these experiences," McIver said.

The "Speechgate" debacle is further evidence of the disorganized nature of Trump's campaign, which Republican leaders had hoped would improve as the party heads toward the general election.

It remains unclear why McIver's apology arrived almost two days after the incident and just shortly after Trump's campaign chairman, Paul Manafort, dismissed the allegations as "really absurd." Since Monday night, the prospective first lady said she wrote the speech herself, and The New York Times published an investigation absolving the main campaign speechwriters.

Trump even praised his wife's speech shortly before McIver's letter went public.

Good news is Melania's speech got more publicity than any in the history of politics especially if you believe that all press is good press!

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 20, 2016

The media is spending more time doing a forensic analysis of Melania's speech than the FBI spent on Hillary's emails.

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 20, 2016