October 28, 2020 3:44 pm
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miles taylor former dhs official and adviser to john kelly is anonymous

Miles Taylor, a former Department of Homeland Security official who has endorsed Joe Biden for president, revealed himself to be “Anonymous,” the self-described senior Trump administration official who two years ago wrote an op-ed about an internal “resistance” of government officials.

CNN’s Jake Tapper read a statement from Taylor, who is now a contributor for the cable news network, on Wednesday afternoon, six days away from Election Day.

Taylor was chief of staff to Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen. He was also a counterterrorism adviser to then-White House chief of staff John Kelly. He worked at the DHS between the years 2017 and 2019 and endorsed Biden in August. On CNN, he has repeatedly denounced Trump and spoken about having other Trump administration officials come forward to do the same.

Taylor penned the op-ed for the New York Times in September 2018 that spoke of an internal “resistance” group of officials working to stymie the president’s worst inclinations. He wrote his tell-all book, A Warning, the following year with a similar message.

Taylor promised he would reveal his identity to the president before the election.

Earlier on Wednesday, George Conway, an anti-Trump political operative who is the husband of former White House counselor Kellyanne Conway, shared that he had spoken with Anonymous. “I had an amazing conversation this morning with … Anonymous,” he said. “Anonymous is a true patriot. We’ll all be hearing a lot more from this person very, very soon.”

A litany of Trump administration officials denied being the author amid frenetic speculation, including Vice President Mike Pence, former United Nations Ambassador Nikki Haley, and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo. Trump, who called the author “gutless” and questioned whether a “so-called ‘Senior Administration Official'” from the op-ed really existed, even pushed then-Attorney General Jeff Sessions to investigate the source of the opinion piece.

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