Oct 22, 2019

Anonymous Trump official who authored NYT op-ed to release book

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The anonymous senior Trump administration official who authored an infamous New York Times op-ed against President Trump last year has written a book, according to the Washington Post.

What's happening: The book, titled "A Warning," will be released on Nov. 19 and is said to provide "an unprecedented behind-the-scenes portrait of the Trump presidency," per the Post. The author's name will remain anonymous.

  • The author's agent and publishers refused to comment on whether the author is still a member of the Trump administration, per CNN.

The big picture: The op-ed detailed Trump's time in office, calling his leadership "petty and ineffective" and saying his "impulsiveness results in half-baked, ill-informed and occasionally reckless decisions that have to be walked back."

  • The op-ed received huge pushback from Trump, who questioned if the author even existed or if they'd committed treason.

The state of play: The author refused to take an advance for the project and "is donating a substantial portion of any royalties to charities that protect those seeking the truth around the world," including the White House Correspondents' Association, literary agent Matt Latimer told the Post.

Go deeper ... What they're saying: Scathing NYT op-ed sparks mixed political reaction

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Scoop: "Anonymous" to expose private Trump conversations

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The anonymous "senior Trump administration official" who will release a tell-all book, "A Warning," next month was a frequent participant in meetings with President Trump and plans to recount specific conversations, sources tell me.  

The state of play: The author, who has been silent since last year's mysterious New York Times op-ed, has access to extensive, internal notes that will be revealed in the book, out Nov. 19.

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Report: "Anonymous" Trump book "does not re-create many specific episodes in vivid detail"

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The book "A Warning" by the anonymous author of an infamous New York Times op-ed outlining White House opposition to President Trump fails to recreate many scenes in "vivid detail," the Washington Post reports ahead of its release.

The big picture: The 259-page book, obtained by the Post, only characterizes the author as "a senior official in the Trump administration." The text describes the Trump as a "danger to the nation," but shies away from providing specific details to protect the author's identity.

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Justice Department warns "Anonymous" about NDAs ahead of forthcoming book

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The Justice Department is warning the "senior Trump administration official" who authored an infamous anonymous New York Times op-ed in 2018 that they may be violating nondisclosure agreements by writing a book set to come out this month, CNN first reported.

The big picture: The DOJ wrote in a letter to Hachette Book Group, the publisher of the book, that the author could potentially violate agreements for administration officials with access to classified information that "typically require that any written work potentially containing protected information be submitted for pre-publication review."

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