'Anonymous' author pledges to reveal identity soon

The anonymous author who has written a behind-the-scenes book and an explosive New York Times op-ed on President TrumpDonald John TrumpLawmakers prep ahead of impeachment hearing Democrats gear up for high-stakes Judiciary hearing Warren says she made almost M from legal work over past three decades MORE’s administration pledged Tuesday to reveal his or her identity soon.

The anonymous author did not give a specific time for when they plan to come forward but told Reddit users in an “ask me anything” (AMA) that “Donald Trump has not heard the last of me.”

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"As far as anonymity is concerned, I will not keep my identity shrouded in secrecy forever," the author wrote. "I am not afraid to use my own name to express concern about the current occupant of the Oval Office."

The moderators of the AMA wrote in a post that they could not “verify by our usual standards” that the poster is the anonymous author, but “the publishers of his book assure us it’s the same guy and we have no reason not to believe them.”

The author, known only as a “senior official of the Trump administration,” defended his choice to remain anonymous, saying anonymity has been used throughout American political history.

"Trump thrives on distractions, and anonymity is a way to deprive him of his favorite weapon of mass distraction — personal attacks — and force the discussion to center on the substance, his character,” they wrote.

The anonymous author first came into the limelight after writing a New York Times op-ed in September of last year saying they were “working diligently” to mitigate the president’s “worst inclinations.” 

They released a book titled “A Warning" this year in which they wrote that a mass exodus of administration officials was planned for last year to “call attention to Trump’s misconduct and erratic leadership.”

Trump has spoken out against the author and The New York Times for publishing of the op-ed, calling it treason. White House press secretary Stephanie GrishamStephanie GrishamWhite House spokesperson: Pelosi, Democrats 'hate Trump's success' Fewer Americans following impeachment inquiry, poll shows Appeals court hands Trump partial win over 'public charge' rule for immigrants MORE called the book “a work of fiction.”

The Hill reached out to the White House for comment.