Miles Taylor Says He Owes CNN’s Anderson Cooper A Beer For Lying About Being ‘Anonymous’ While Providing Anti-Trump Writings

Miles Taylor said that he lied about his identity to Anderson Cooper when they were discussing the author of anti-Trump writings, according to NewsWeek.

“When asked by Anderson whether I was Anonymous during that time period, I said what I was going to do,” Taylor said.

“I temporarily denied it. But I’ve always said I would ultimately come out under my own name.”

“That said, I owe Anderson Cooper a beer, I owe him a mea culpa, and the same thing for other reporters who at the same time period asked me, ‘Are you Anonymous?’ and I said no,” Taylor added.

“I wear a mask for two things, Anderson,” Taylor said.

“Halloween and pandemics. So, no.”

“We have seen over the course of four years that Donald Trump’s preference is to find personal attacks and distractions to pull people away from criticisms of his record,” Taylor said.

“I wrote that work anonymously to deprive him of that opportunity and to force him to answer the questions on their merits.”

From Newsweek:

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Taylor’s book A Warning, which was released in 2019, purported to reveal some of the inner workings of the Trump administration. Taylor claimed that many of Trump’s cabinet members attempted to prevent Trump from carrying through with detrimental policies. While writing under the Anonymous pen name, Taylor was described as a “senior administration official,” prompting some observers to guess at Anonymous’s true identity. Taylor said Wednesday that he released the book without attribution in order to force Trump to respond to his allegations.

At a Wednesday campaign event in Arizona, Trump claimed that Taylor had never worked in the White House. “Anonymous was a nobody, a disgruntled employee who was quickly removed from his job a long time ago for, they tell me, incompetence,” the president said.

“I’ll tell you what,” he added, “this guy, in my opinion, he should be prosecuted.”

After leaving the DHS in April 2019, Taylor accepted a position as Google’s head of national security policy engagement. Google faced criticism for hiring Taylor from some members of the U.S. House of Representatives who took issue with Taylor’s past support of both a Muslim travel ban and an immigration policy that separated migrant children from their families.

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