Deputy National Security Adviser Victoria Coates is expected to be reassigned from the National Security Council to the Department of Energy, according to reporting by Axios.
The news comes amid reports that some White House insiders have identified her as "Anonymous" — the author of The New York Times opinion piece critical of President Donald Trump which was followed by a bestselling book that also described a "resistance" movement inside the administration.
Coates has vehemently denied to colleagues she is "Anonymous," according to Axios.
She was hired in her current role in October. She previously had served as the NSC's senior director for the Middle East, and had worked as an adviser to Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, for Donald Rumsfeld as a book consultant and former Texas Gov. Rick Perry's 2012 presidential campaign.
Former U.S. attorney Joe diGenova told Newsmax TV's "The Howie Carr Show" a week ago the White House had identified "Anonymous" and the person was set to be fired or reassigned. DiGenova said the person who gave him the information was in a position to know and gave him a name, but he would not reveal it.
"I want to give them the joy of announcing the removal of this traitor," he told host Howie Carr at the time.
Pressed by Carr as to whether the person was male or female, diGenova would not say, but did not deny Carr's hints the person might be a woman.
Axios notes a decision on Coates has not been made final, and "discussions could still fall apart," according to one of two sources.
National Security Council spokesman John Ullyot and Coates both declined to comment to Axios.
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