In his first television appearance since his debunking as Anonymous, the author of anti-trump writings, Miles Taylor told CNN station Chris Cuomo on Wednesday why he had lied about his identity in an interview with Anderson Cooper in August.
Taylor, a former chief of staff at the Department of Homeland Security, joined CNN as a speaker in September. Since Taylor admitted on Wednesday that he is Anonymous, President Donald Trump has called the news station to fire Taylor. Cuomo asked Taylor to fire Taylor for lying to Cooper during the interview on Wednesday.
“When asked by Anderson if I was Anonymous during that period, I told him what I would do,” Taylor said. “I temporarily denied it. But I always said that I would eventually come out under my own name.”
“Besides, I owe Anderson Cooper a beer, I owe him a mea culpa, and so do other reporters who asked me at the same time, ‘Are you Anonymous?’, and I said no,” Taylor added.
During his interview with Cooper in August, Taylor denied that he was anonymous. “I wear a mask for two things, Anderson,” Taylor said. “Halloween and pandemics. So, no.”
Taylor’s book A Warning, published in 2019, claimed to expose some of the Trump administration’s inner workings. Taylor claimed that many of Trump’s Cabinet members were trying to prevent Trump from implementing a detrimental policy. While writing under the pseudonym Anonymous, Taylor was described as a “senior administrative official,” which led some observers to guess Anonymous’s true identity. Taylor said on Wednesday that he published the book unnamed in order to force Trump to respond to his accusations.
“We have seen over four years that Donald Trump prefers to find personal attacks and distractions to distract people from criticizing his record,” Taylor said. “I wrote this paper anonymously to deprive him of this opportunity and force him to answer questions about its merits.
At a campaign rally in Arizona on Wednesday, Trump claimed that Taylor never worked in the White House. “Anonymous was a nobody, a disgruntled employee who was quickly removed from his post a long time ago because, I was told, he was incompetent,” the president said.
“I’ll tell you what,” he added, “I think this guy should be prosecuted.
After leaving DHS in April 2019, Taylor accepted a position as head of national security policy at Google. Google was criticized for Taylor’s appointment by some members of the U.S. House of Representatives, who disagreed with Taylor’s earlier support of both a Muslim travel ban and an immigration policy that separated migrant children from their families.
Although Taylor declared that he was still a Republican, he took leave of absence from the technology company in August to run for Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden.
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