‘ Anony­mous’ dis­closes his iden­tity

For­mer Trump of­fi­cial Miles Tay­lor says he wrote crit­i­cal op- ed.

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A for­mer ad­min­is­tra­tion off icial who wrote a scathing anti- Trump op- ed and book is a CNN con­trib­u­tor.

A for­mer Trump ad­min­is­tra­tion of­fi­cial who penned a scathing anti- Trump oped and book un­der the pen name “Anony­mous” re­vealed him­self Wed­nes­day as a for­mer chief of staff at the Depart­ment of Homeland Se­cu­rity.

The of­fi­cial, Miles Tay­lor, said on Twit­ter six days be­fore elec­tion day that Pres­i­dent Trump is “a man with­out char­ac­ter” and “it’s time for ev­ery­one to step out of the shad­ows.”

Tay­lor has been an out­spo­ken critic of Trump in re­cent months and had re­peat­edly de­nied he was the au­thor of the col­umn — even to col­leagues at CNN, where he has a con­trib­u­tor con­tract. He left the Trump ad­min­is­tra­tion in June and en­dorsed Demo­crat Joe Bi­den for pres­i­dent this sum­mer.

In a state­ment, White House Press Sec­re­tary Kayleigh McE­nany called Tay­lor a “low- level, dis­grun­tled for­mer staffer” who “is a liar and a cow­ard who chose anonymity over ac­tion and leak­ing over lead­ing.”

Tay­lor’s anony­mous es­say was pub­lished in Septem­ber 2018 by the New York Times, in­fu­ri­at­ing the pres­i­dent and set­ting off a fran­tic White House leak in­ves­ti­ga­tion to try to un­mask the au­thor.

In the es­say, the au­thor, who iden­ti­fied him­self only as a se­nior ad­min­is­tra­tion of­fi­cial, said he was part of a se­cret “re­sis­tance” force out to counter Trump’s “mis­guided im­pulses” and un­der­mine parts of his agenda.

The au­thor wrote, “Many Trump ap­pointees have vowed to do what we can to pre­serve our demo­cratic in­sti­tu­tions while thwart­ing Mr. Trump’s more mis­guided im­pulses un­til he is out of of­fice.”

Tay­lor’s be­hav­ior also leaves ques­tions for CNN. He was asked di­rectly by the net­work’s An­der­son Cooper in Au­gust whether he was “Anony­mous” and an­swered: “I wear a mask for two things, An­der­son, Hal­loween and pan­demics. So, no.”

CNN said Tay­lor would re­main a con­trib­u­tor.

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