Kathy Griffin offers her guesses on anti-Trump op-ed author
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Kathy Griffin has a few guesses about who could be the anonymous Trump administration official behind the now-infamous New York Times op-ed, but she wishes she could’ve played a part in it being published.

“Remember, there was an intermediary,” Griffin told ITK with a grin when asked about the mystery. “I wish I could say it was me. It would be great if it turns out it was me.”

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Discovering the identity of who penned Wednesday‘s Times op-ed — which claimed “many of the senior officials in [President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump says 'Failing New York Times' should be held 'fully accountable' over Russia report Trump says 'Failing New York Times' should be held 'fully accountable' over Russia report Trump tweets ICE will begin removing 'millions' of undocumented migrants MORE’s] administration are working diligently from within to frustrate parts of his agenda and his worst inclinations” — has become a sort of Washington whodunit.

“Here are my nominees,” Griffin said, when asked Thursday about the burgeoning secret.

“First of all, if it’s [Director of National Intelligence] Dan CoatsDaniel (Dan) Ray CoatsHillicon Valley: Tim Cook visits White House | House hearing grapples with deepfake threat | Bill, Melinda Gates launch lobbying group | Tech turns to K-Street in antitrust fight | Lawsuit poses major threat to T-Mobile, Sprint merger Hillicon Valley: Tim Cook visits White House | House hearing grapples with deepfake threat | Bill, Melinda Gates launch lobbying group | Tech turns to K-Street in antitrust fight | Lawsuit poses major threat to T-Mobile, Sprint merger House Intel to take first major deep dive into threat of 'deepfakes' MORE, I want a prize.”

“When I was with my friends, that was one of my guesses and they were like, ‘Nah, I don’t think he’s the type,’” the comedian said.

“I am also open to the idea that it’s Kellyanne [Conway], and the husband wrote it,” Griffin said of the White House counselor and her husband, George Conway, who’s been critical of Trump. “Or I’m open to [Defense Secretary James] Mattis having one of his people write it,” Griffin continued.

But, like many engaging in the op-ed guessing game, Griffin quickly added other names to a widening list of potential scribes described in the paper simply as a “senior official in the Trump administration.”

“I guess maybe Elaine ChaoElaine Lan ChaoOn The Money: Democrats move funding bills as budget caps deal remains elusive | Companies line up to weigh in on 0B China tariffs | Trudeau to talk trade with Pelosi, McConnell On The Money: Democrats move funding bills as budget caps deal remains elusive | Companies line up to weigh in on 0B China tariffs | Trudeau to talk trade with Pelosi, McConnell Progressive group requests Transportation Department look into Chao's potential conflicts of interest MORE, but that’s to me maybe a stretch,” Griffin said of the Transportation secretary. “I mean, I don’t like [Treasury Secretary Steven] Mnuchin, but he’s not as stupid as many of them.”

“As far as [U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations] Nikki HaleyNimrata (Nikki) HaleyOvernight Defense: US to send 1K more troops to Mideast amid Iran tensions | Iran threatens to break limit on uranium production in 10 days | US accuses Iran of 'nuclear blackmail' | Details on key defense bill amendments Overnight Defense: US to send 1K more troops to Mideast amid Iran tensions | Iran threatens to break limit on uranium production in 10 days | US accuses Iran of 'nuclear blackmail' | Details on key defense bill amendments UN nominee Kelly Craft to face confirmation hearing Wednesday MORE, I think I’m with the pundits that she’s in New York too much. But it also sounds like it could’ve come from her.”

One thing that’s not a mystery is the former “My Life on the D-List” star’s feelings about the current commander in chief. Last year, Griffin set off a media firestorm after posing for a photo with a prop made to look like Trump’s decapitated head.

Trump tweeted Griffin should be "ashamed" of herself and she was interviewed by the Secret Service over the May 2017 incident. Griffin also lost some endorsement deals, and CNN severed ties with the longtime co-host of its annual New Year's Eve programming.

Within hours, Griffin apologized for the photo shoot, before later saying she was “no longer sorry.”

On Thursday, the 57-year-old Emmy Award winner took to the mic just steps from the White House at an anti-Trump protest. She’ll perform a stand-up show at Washington’s DAR Constitution Hall on Saturday as part of her “Laugh Your Head Off" world tour.  

Griffin calls the tour a “triumph,” saying, “When you’ve been told my everybody, — including Hollywood — you’ll never work again, it’s over, you get that fire in your belly and you go, you know what, I can be out of work for a lot of reasons, but I truly did nothing wrong.”