White House Press Secretary Stephanie Grisham said Tuesday she doesn't "know the answer" about reports that a National Security Council staffer could be the author, identified only as 'Anonymous,' of the 2019 book "A Warning," but she did accuse the White House leaker of working "against the American people."
"Whoever wrote the 'Anonymous' book is a coward," Grisham told Fox News' "Fox and Friends." "And whoever wrote the "Anonymous' book and the op-ed, they do need to be found. And the fact that they are working in government against the president and essentially against the American people is not good."
Axios reported on Monday that the NSC adviser, Victoria Coates, is expected to be reassigned to the Department of Energy, amid reports that some White House insiders have identified her as "Anonymous," the person who wrote both an opinion piece critical of President Donald Trump and the book, which describes a "resistance" movement in the White House against him. Coates has denied the claims.
Also on Tuesday, Grisham said calls from some 2,000 former Justice Department employees for the resignation of Attorney General William Barr over the Justice Department's pushback on sentencing recommendations for Trump friend Roger Stone are not surprising, given the constant opposition to Trump's agenda.
“It's been proven time and time again. There are obstructionists all across this government who are working against the president,” Grisham said. “It didn’t surprise me. A lot of those [petitioners] are career [employees]. There are many people who hailed AG Barr when we first appointed him and he’s been doing a great job."
Trump, she added, leaves Barr to do his job.
"He’s made it clear that the two things are separate but the president will always, always tell the American people what his opinion is,” Grisham said. She added she has not heard anything about Barr resigning.
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