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Politics Donald Trump Wants 'Anonymous' Author Miles Taylor to Be Prosecuted

01:40  29 october  2020
01:40  29 october  2020 Source:   newsweek.com

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WASHINGTON — Miles Taylor , the former chief of staff at the Department of Homeland Security, was the anonymous author of The New York Times Op-Ed But Mr. Taylor , who had repeatedly denied being Anonymous , did not reveal himself to be the author of the opinion article and book at the time.

Miles Taylor said in a tweet six days before Election Day that Donald Trump is “a man without character” and “it's time for everyone to step out of the shadows.” File: Then-Secretary of Homeland Security Kirstjen Nielsen and then-Department of Homeland Security chief of staff Miles Taylor , right.

During his second Wednesday rally in the battleground state of Arizona, President Donald Trump told a rally crowd in Phoenix that Miles Taylor, the former Department of Homeland Security Chief of Staff who revealed himself Wednesday as anti-Trump writer Anonymous, should be prosecuted.

Donald Trump wearing a suit and tie in front of a crowd: On Wednesday, President Donald Trump lambasted Miles Taylor, who criticized Trump in writing under the pen name © Isaac Brekken/Getty On Wednesday, President Donald Trump lambasted Miles Taylor, who criticized Trump in writing under the pen name "Anonymous" as a "sleazebag" who "should be prosecuted."

Taylor penned a 2018 op-ed in the New York Times under the Anonymous pseudonym in which he said there was a resistance movement against Trump in the White House. Taylor was also the author of the 2019 book A Warning which purported to describe the inner workings of Trump's administration. In his author bio, Taylor described himself as an "unidentified senior official" in the White House.

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Miles Taylor , chief of staff at the Department of Homeland Security under Kirstjen Nielsen, revealed Wednesday that he was the anonymous “senior” white house official who authored a critical op-ed of President Donald Trump . The 2018 op-ed published by the New York Times described President

Trump himself denied the reports. Taylor is the first person to go on the record confirming Trump ’s comments, and he clearly doesn’t regard And those legal issues aside, if a president were to offer pardons for potentially illegal activity, it would seem to undermine Trump ’s “law and order” message.

Trump lashed out at Taylor during the rally, calling him a "sleazebag who's never worked in the White House."

"I'll tell you what," Trump added. "This guy, in my opinion, he should be prosecuted."

Newsweek reached out to the Trump re-election campaign for further comment.

Trump, who did not refer to Taylor by his real name during his remarks, said that "Anonymous was a nobody, a disgruntled employee who was quickly removed from his job a long time ago for, they tell me, incompetence."

This is a breaking story and will be updated as information becomes available.

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Who is 'Anonymous' author Miles Taylor? .
A two-year Washington mystery finally ended Wednesday when Miles Taylor revealed that he had authored a previously anonymous op-ed published in 2018 declaring himself part of a secret “resistance” within the Trump administration. © Greg Nash Who is 'Anonymous' author Miles Taylor? The op-ed, which appeared in The New York Times, faced both praise from some of President Trump's critics as well as its own criticism over the author's insistence of anonymity and the claims made within the piece.

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