The Trump administration appears to be pressuring the publisher and the literary agents of an anonymous op-ed writer from within the White House, who plans to publish a book about the president’s demeanor that’s set to be released later this month.
The book’s author, who wrote a blistering op-ed in the New York Times about President Donald Trump in the summer of 2018, alleged that a “resistance” effort to rein-in Trump exists within the White House. Now more than a year out from that explosive essay, the op-ed writer, who remains anonymous, plans to have their book published later in November, giving more details about why they decided to speak out.
Per previous reporting from HillReporter.com, the book, which will be titled “A WARNING,” has two aims: first, it hopes to inform Americans in general about what’s going on in the White House, including highlighting Trump’s behavior while serving as commander-in-chief; and second, it hopes to convince wavering Trump supporters to not vote for him in next year’s presidential election.
Now, it appears as though the Trump administration is trying to discern who the anonymous writer is, through a pressure campaign against the publisher and the writer’s literary agents.
Assistant Attorney General Joseph Hunt sent a letter to publishers and agents asking for proof from them that the anonymous writer is not violating government nondisclosure agreements, the Washington Post reported. If they don’t provide that proof, Hunt said, he demanded that information about the writer be handed over to him, including where the individual worked in government and for how long they have (or had) worked there.
Hunt also said that if the person has access to classified intel, the book should be “submitted for pre-publication review” by the administration.
DOJ has written a letter to the anonymous author of "A Warning," telling him or her they might be in violation of a nondisclosure agreement, @brianstelter reports. The author's literary agents say they support the publisher against efforts to "intimidate." https://t.co/yOvxJ679j3
— Oliver Darcy (@oliverdarcy) November 4, 2019
The letter was addressed to Carol Ross, with Hachette Book Group, and agents Matt Latimer and Keith Urbahn, of Javelin. The trio made clear in their response to Hunt that they would not comply with his blatantly transparent demands to out the individual.
“Our author knows that the President is determined to unmask whistleblowers who may be in his midst. That’s one of the reasons ‘A WARNING’ was written,” Latimer explained.
Ross agreed. “[The publisher] made a commitment of confidentiality to Anonymous and we intend to honor that commitment,” she said.