Report: WH Has Identified Official Behind ‘Anonymous’ NYT Op-Ed And Book
The White House has identified and will soon oust the “anonymous” senior official behind the a damning New York Times op-ed and book, “A Warning,” in which the official stated that there is a group of White House staffers who actively hope for President Trump’s “downfall,” former U.S. attorney Joe diGenova claimed, according to the Daily Caller.
White House press secretary Stephanie Grisham previously called the anonymous official a “coward” and claims in the book are “nothing but lies.”
“Real authors reach out to their subjects to get things fact checked--but this person is in hiding, making that very basic part of being a real writer impossible,” she said in response to the book’s release.
The Justice Department took steps toward unmasking the official just before the book’s release. Joseph Hunt, assistant attorney general for the civil division, sent a letter to the official’s publisher and literary agent asking about the official’s access to classified information.
“If the author is, in fact, a current or former ‘senior official’ in the Trump administration, publication of the book may violate that official’s legal obligations under one or more nondisclosure agreements,” the letter stated.
President Trump and National security adviser Robert O’Brien are relieving 70 Obama-era holdovers from the National Security Council of their duties. The most public of the firings was that of Lt. Col. Alexander Vindmand and his twin brother on Friday.
Vindman testified during the impeachment inquiry that the president and Rudy Giuliani withheld congressionally approved military aid to Ukraine to pressure them into opening an investigation into former Vice President Joe Biden and his son, Hunter.