Trump's ex-deputy national security adviser denies being 'Anonymous'

A former deputy national security adviser to President TrumpDonald John TrumpBiden says voters should choose who nominates Supreme Court justice Trump, Biden will not shake hands at first debate due to COVID-19 Pelosi: Trump Supreme Court pick 'threatens' Affordable Care Act MORE denied Sunday that she was the author of a book and New York Times op-ed written by an anonymous senior official claiming to be part of the "resistance" within the administration.

An attorney for Victoria Coates told Axios that Coates had no connection to the op-ed, published in 2018, or its follow-up book, "A Warning," published in 2019.

Her denial comes as Real Clear Investigations published a piece on Wednesday citing claims from Trump administration officials involved in the probe to out the anonymous author of the book and op-ed, which claimed that Coates had been identified as the likely author and reassigned to the Department of Energy as a result.


"After an exhaustive investigation, the White House believes it’s cracked the case, identifying Trump's turncoat as his former deputy national security adviser, Victoria Coates, according to people familiar with the internal probe," reads the Real Clear Investigations article, which continued: "Rather than fire Coates, the White House has quietly transferred her to the Department of Energy, where she awaits special assignment in Saudi Arabia -- far from the president."

A lawyer for Coates fired back in a statement to Axios, writing that Real Clear Investigations “peddled false statements citing only anonymous sources, despite on-the-record denials from Javelin LLC, the White House, and three well-respected members of the Trump Administration—and now Dr. Coates as well.”

The White House did not immediately return a request for comment from The Hill. A senior administration official previously denied to Axios that the White House put any stock in rumors of Coates's involvement in either the op-ed or "A Warning."

"The White House leadership rejects rumors that have circulated recently and does not put any stock in the suggestion that Victoria Coates is the author of 'A Warning' or the related op-ed in the New York Times," the official said.