"ANONYMOUS" author Miles Taylor said he wasn't behind the anti-Trump op-ed in a CNN interview months ago before outing himself today.
Taylor admitted on Wednesday that he was behind the lengthy 2018 New York Times article, which detailed the "resistance" inside the Trump administration to stop Potus' "agenda."Taylor told Cooper he didn't know who wrote itCredit: CNN After insisting he wasn't 'Anonymous,' Taylor came clean on Wednesday Credit: Twitter
The op-ed was titled "I Am Part of the Resistance Inside the Trump Administration" and Taylor admitted he wrote it on Wednesday.
Taylor anonymously explained in the article that "many of the senior officials in his own administration are working diligently from within to frustrate parts of his agenda and his worst inclinations."
But the CNN contributor appeared to "lie" about it during an interview he did with Anderson Cooper.
When Cooper pressed him about the identity of the writer, Taylor claimed it was just "parlor games" in Washington DC as people guessed who was behind it.
"I've got my own thoughts about who that might be but – " Taylor said, before Anderson cut across him and asked "but you're not 'Anonymous?"
“I wear a mask for two things, Anderson: Halloween and pandemics. So, no,” he retorted.
However, he finally owned up to his words in a statement released on Wednesday.
"Much has been made of the fact that these writings were published anonymously," he wrote in the bombshell revelation.
"The decision wasn't easy, I wrestled with it, and I understand why some people consider it questionable to levy such serious charges against a sitting President under the cover of anonymity.
"But my reasoning was straightforward, and I stand by it."
"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," Taylor rationalized. "I wanted the attention to be on the arguments themselves."
In the caption of the Medium article that he released on social media, Taylor slammed the president, writing: "Donald Trump is a man without character."
Following Wednesday's unveiling, press secretary Kayleigh McEnany slammed him in a statement.
She said: "This low-level, disgruntled former staffer is a liar and a coward who chose anonymity over action and leaking over leading.
"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."
She also slammed the New York Times for "doing the bidding of Never-Trumpers and Democrats."
The over 1,500 word statement has provided answers to one of the biggest mysteries of the Trump presidency.
Following the op-ed, Taylor published a book titled "A Warning" which included more details about the president from inside the administration.
However, in his recent statement he discussed how he wanted Trump to "succeed."
"But too often in times of crisis, I saw Donald Trump prove he is a man without character, and his personal defects have resulted in leadership failures so significant that they can be measured in lost American lives.
"I witnessed Trump’s inability to do his job over the course of two-and-a-half years. Everyone saw it, though most were hesitant to speak up for fear of reprisals," he wrote.
He also took the chance to re-endorse the Democratic presidential hopeful, writing: "I believe Joe Biden’s decency will bring us back together where Donald Trump’s dishonesty has torn us apart."
Just seven hours before releasing his statement, Taylor slammed Trump on Twitter, urging his 169,000 followers to vote against him.
"Reminder to those who haven’t yet voted: Trump wanted us to explore gassing, electrifying, and shooting migrants at the border. Is that who we are? Vote him out," he wrote.
One user replied to him stating "it is beyond me how anyone stayed in this administration this long."
Taylor replied: "Indeed. Basically to say “no” to insane s**t (until saying no stopped working). Otherwise it was mostly a pride-swallowing, personal-life-wrecking nightmare. Let’s make sure we don’t have to live through it again."