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Anonymous White House official: ‘No doubt’ Trump demanded quid pro quo

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  • The anonymous senior White House official behind the book “A Warning” said they were sure that President Donald Trump withheld military aid to Ukraine in exchange for an investigation into a political opponent.
  • Additionally they said that “everyone in the White House, including the president himself,” understood that as well.
  • The senior Trump administration official, who anonymously authored an explosive op-ed in The New York Times and the new book “A Warning,” hosted an AMA (or “ask me anything”) on the internet forum Reddit.
  • Anonymous also wrote that they believe there are more potential whistleblowers because “many people have witnessed the president’s corruption.”
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The anonymous senior White House official behind the book “A Warning” said on a forum that there is “no doubt in my mind” that Trump demanded quid pro quo from Ukraine “in order to disrupt the 2020 election.”

The senior Trump administration official, who also anonymously authored an explosive op-ed in The New York Times in 2018, hosted an AMA (or “ask me anything” interview) on the internet forum Reddit. It’s unclear if the author is still working for the administration.

In a thread, the author, dubbed “Anonymous,” not only said they were sure that Trump withheld military aid to Ukraine in exchange for an investigation into a political opponent, but that “everyone in the White House, including the president himself,” understood that as well.

“Now the question is whether it rises to the level of ‘high crimes and misdemeanors,'” Anonymous wrote in the Reddit thread. “I personally think that it now does.”

The anonymous author went on to say that they do not “cheer on” Trump’s potential impeachment, writing that, at the outset of the impeachment inquiry, they believed in reserving judgement “until the facts were on the table.”

“Impeachment is a sobering, last-resort process for holding the commander in chief accountable, not something to be undertaken because we think the President’s tweets are vile and his rhetoric is ugly,” Anonymous wrote in the thread. “We politicize this at our own peril. If Congress goes about it the wrong way, impeachment will further divide our nation.”

Anonymous also wrote that they believe there are more potential whistleblowers because “many people have witnessed the president’s corruption.” The author added that the bravery of the two intel whistleblowers and witnesses testifying in the ongoing impeachment inquiry will compel them to come forward.

“They are hesitant to speak up because they see what he does to his critics,” Anonymous wrote. “The anonymous intelligence community whistleblower, and the brave public servants testifying before Congress, will convince them to be on the right side of history.

The White House has pushed back against the claims made by the anonymous official in “A Warning,” saying to The Hill, “the book is nothing but lies.”

“Real authors reach out to their subjects to get things fact checked — but this person is in hiding, making that very basic part of being a real writer impossible,” White House press secretary Stephanie Grisham previously told The Washington Post. “Reporters who choose to write about this farce should have the journalistic integrity to cover the book as what it is — a work of fiction,” she added in the statement to the Post.

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