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.”


Discovering the identity of who penned Wednesday‘s Times op-ed — which claimed “many of the senior officials in [President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump to fundraise for 3 Republicans running for open seats: report Trump to nominate former Monsanto exec to top Interior position White House aides hadn’t heard of Trump's new tax cut: report 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: Intel chief wants tech, government to work more closely | Facebook doesn't believe foreign state behind hack | New net neutrality lawsuit | Reddit creates 'war room' to fight misinformation Hillicon Valley: Russia-linked hackers hit Eastern European companies | Twitter shares data on influence campaigns | Dems blast Trump over China interference claims | Saudi crisis tests Silicon Valley | Apple to let customers download their data Overnight Defense — Presented by The Embassy of the United Arab Emirates — Senators seek US intel on journalist's disappearance | Army discharged over 500 immigrant recruits in one year | Watchdog knocks admiral over handling of sexual harassment case 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 ChaoMcConnell and wife confronted by customers at restaurant Claiming 'spousal privilege' to stonewall Congress Hillicon Valley: Facebook rift over exec's support for Kavanaugh | Dem worried about Russian trolls jumping into Kavanaugh debate | China pushes back on Pence 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) HaleyIn midst of political violence, America greatly needs unity Trump prefers woman for UN post, interviewing 5 candidates Mary Kissel expected to join State Department 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.”