Former Department of Homeland Security official Miles Taylor on Wednesday revealed himself as “Anonymous,” the author of an op-ed vowing resistance to President Trump.
Taylor — who previously denied he was “Anonymous” — triggered intense speculation about the identity of the disgruntled staffer in September 2018 when he wrote of “working diligently from within to frustrate parts of [Trump’s] agenda and his worst inclinations.”
Taylor, a paid CNN contributor since last month, was DHS chief of staff for less than a year and left the department in November 2019. He anonymously wrote the book, “A Warning,” last year.
Taylor’s LinkedIn profile says he’s on leave from Google, where he works as US Lead for Advanced Technology and Security Strategy.
White House Press Secretary Kayeligh McEnany dismissed Taylor as a “low-level” aide in a Wednesday afternoon statement.
“This low-level, disgruntled former staffer is a liar and a coward who chose anonymity over action and leaking over leading,” McEnany said.
“He was ineffective and incompetent during his time as DHS Chief of Staff which is why he was promptly fired after only serving in this role for a matter of weeks. It is appalling a low-ranking official would be granted anonymity and it is clear the New York Times is doing the bidding of Never-Trumpers and Democrats.”
Washington gossip for years swirled about the person’s identity and many Trump officials denied they were Anonymous.
Vice President Mike Pence, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and former UN Ambassador Nikki Haley publicly denied writing the initial op-ed in the New York Times.
Taylor tweeted Wednesday, “Donald Trump is a man without character. It’s why I wrote “A Warning”…and it’s why me & my colleagues have spoken out against him (in our own names) for months. It’s time for everyone to step out of the shadows.”
In a blog post, Taylor wrote, “Issuing my critiques without attribution forced the President to answer them directly on their merits or not at all, rather than creating distractions through petty insults and name-calling. I wanted the attention to be on the arguments themselves.”
In August, Taylor denied in a CNN interview that he was the author, after he cut an anti-Trump ad for the group Republican Voters Against Trump.
“I wear a mask for two things, Anderson: Halloween and pandemics. So, no,” Taylor told CNN anchor Anderson Cooper.
Many Trump allies speculated that The Times granted anonymity to someone who wasn’t a household name and noted a “senior official” could me hundreds of people.
Miles was not widely known in Washington during his less than one-year role as chief of staff to then-DHS Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen and then-acting secretary Chad Wolf.
Neither Google nor CNN had an immediate comment on Taylor.