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CONNECTED THIS CLOSELY TO THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES

SO LOTS TO GET TO TONIGHT SO LOTS TO GET TO TONIGHT THESE ARE CRAZY TIMES THESE ARE CRAZY TIMES BUT THINGS HAVE BEEN CRAZY FOR A BUT THINGS HAVE BEEN CRAZY FOR A WHILE NOW AS YOU KNOW

WHILE NOW AS YOU KNOW AND THAT BRINGS US TO THIS SCOOP AND THAT BRINGS US TO THIS SCOOP THAT WE’VE GOT TONIGHT THAT WE’VE GOT TONIGHT IT WAS MORE THAN A YEAR AGO NOW, IT WAS MORE THAN A YEAR AGO NOW, SEPTEMBER 5th OF LAST YEAR WHEN SEPTEMBER 5th OF LAST YEAR WHEN AN OP-ED WAS PUBLISHED IN "THE AN OP-ED WAS PUBLISHED IN "THE NEW YORK TIMES" NEW YORK TIMES

" THE HEADLINE WAS I AM PART OF THE HEADLINE WAS I AM PART OF THE RESISTANCE, INSIDE THE TRUMP THE RESISTANCE, INSIDE THE TRUMP ADMINISTRATION ADMINISTRATION I WORKED FOR THE PRESIDENT BUT I WORKED FOR THE PRESIDENT BUT LIKE MINDED COLLEAGUES AND I LIKE MINDED COLLEAGUES AND I HAVE VOWED TO THWART PARTS OF HAVE VOWED TO THWART PARTS OF HIS AGENDA AND HIS WORST HIS AGENDA AND HIS WORST INCLINATIONS INCLINATIONS THAT OP-ED PUBLISHED IN "THE NEW THAT OP-ED PUBLISHED IN "THE NEW YORK TIMES" LAST SEPTEMBER, THE YORK TIMES" LAST SEPTEMBER, THE AUTHOR ANONYMOUS

AUTHOR ANONYMOUS BEFORE YOU GOT TO THE ACTUAL BEFORE YOU GOT TO THE ACTUAL OP-ED THERE WAS THIS PARAGRAPH OP-ED THERE WAS THIS PARAGRAPH OF EXPLANATION FROM "THE NEW OF EXPLANATION FROM "THE NEW YORK TIMES" EXEXPLAINING WHY THE YORK TIMES" EXEXPLAINING WHY THE PAPER WAS TAKING THIS, QUOTE, PAPER WAS TAKING THIS, QUOTE, RARE STEP OF PUBLISHING AN RARE STEP OF PUBLISHING AN ANONYMOUS OP-ED ANONYMOUS OP-ED "THE TIMES" SAID IT HAD DONE SO, "THE TIMES" SAID IT HAD DONE SO, QUOTE, AT THE REQUEST OF THE QUOTE, AT THE REQUEST OF THE AUTHOR, A SENIOR OFFICIAL IN THE AUTHOR, A SENIOR OFFICIAL IN THE TRUMP ADMINISTRATION WHOSE TRUMP ADMINISTRATION WHOSE IDENTITY IS KNOWN TO US AND IDENTITY IS KNOWN TO US AND WHOSE JOB WOULD BE JEOPARDIZED WHOSE JOB WOULD BE JEOPARDIZED BY ITS DISCLOSURE BY ITS DISCLOSURE

BUT THEN BELOW THAT EXPLANATORY BUT THEN BELOW THAT EXPLANATORY INTRO FROM "THE TIMES" THE INTRO FROM "THE TIMES" THE MYSTERIOUS AUTHOR JUST JUMPED MYSTERIOUS AUTHOR JUST JUMPED RIGHT IN, AND IT WAS AS DRAMATIC RIGHT IN, AND IT WAS AS DRAMATIC AS YOU’D THINK IT MIGHT BE AS YOU’D THINK IT MIGHT BE QUOTE, PRESIDENT TRUMP IS FACING QUOTE, PRESIDENT TRUMP IS FACING A TEST TO HIS PRESIDENCY UNLIKE A TEST TO HIS PRESIDENCY UNLIKE ANY FACED BY A MODERN AMERICAN ANY FACED BY A MODERN AMERICAN LEADER LEADER MANY OF THE SENIOR OFFICIALS IN MANY OF THE SENIOR OFFICIALS IN HIS OWN ADMINISTRATION ARE HIS OWN ADMINISTRATION ARE WORKING DILLIGENTLY FROM WITHIN WORKING DILLIGENTLY FROM WITHIN TO FRUSTRATE PARTS OF HIS AGENDA TO FRUSTRATE PARTS OF HIS AGENDA AND HIS WORST INCLINATIONS

AND HIS WORST INCLINATIONS I WOULD KNOW, I AM ONE OF THEM I WOULD KNOW, I AM ONE OF THEM QUOTE, WE BELIEVE OUR FIRST DUTY QUOTE, WE BELIEVE OUR FIRST DUTY IS TO THIS COUNTRY AND THE IS TO THIS COUNTRY AND THE PRESIDENT CONTINUES TO ACT IN A PRESIDENT CONTINUES TO ACT IN A MANNER DETRIMENTAL TO THE HEALTH MANNER DETRIMENTAL TO THE HEALTH OF OUR REPUBLIC OF OUR REPUBLIC

THAT IS WHY TRUMP APPOINTEES THAT IS WHY TRUMP APPOINTEES HAVE VOWED TO DO WHAT WE CAN TO HAVE VOWED TO DO WHAT WE CAN TO PRESERVE OUR DEMOCRATIC PRESERVE OUR DEMOCRATIC INSTITUTIONS WHILE THWARTING MR INSTITUTIONS WHILE THWARTING MR TRUMP’S IMPULSES UNTIL HE’S OUT TRUMP’S IMPULSES UNTIL HE’S OUT OF OFFICE OF OFFICE AMERICANS SHOULD KNOW THAT THERE AMERICANS SHOULD KNOW THAT THERE ARE ADULTS IN THE ROOM

ARE ADULTS IN THE ROOM WE FULLY RECOGNIZE WHAT IS WE FULLY RECOGNIZE WHAT IS HAPPENING, AND WE ARE TRYING TO HAPPENING, AND WE ARE TRYING TO DO WHAT’S RIGHT EV WHEN DONALD DO WHAT’S RIGHT EV WHEN DONALD TRUMP WON’T TRUMP WON’T WOW, RIGHT? WOW, RIGHT? THAT’S SEPTEMBER 5th OF LAST THAT’S SEPTEMBER 5th OF LAST YEAR YEAR

THE AUTHOR GOT SPECIFIC IN TERMS THE AUTHOR GOT SPECIFIC IN TERMS OF OUTLINING CONCERNS AMONG OF OUTLINING CONCERNS AMONG THOSE CLOSEST TO THE PRESIDENT, THOSE CLOSEST TO THE PRESIDENT, GOT VERY SPECIFIC ABOUT THAT IN GOT VERY SPECIFIC ABOUT THAT IN ONE PARTICULARLY UNNERVING WAY ONE PARTICULARLY UNNERVING WAY THAT WENT ONTO DOMINATE THE NEWS THAT WENT ONTO DOMINATE THE NEWS FOR QUITE A FEW DAYS AFTERWARDS FOR QUITE A FEW DAYS AFTERWARDS THE AUTHOR ASSERTING THERE WERE, THE AUTHOR ASSERTING THERE WERE, QUOTE, EARLY WHISPERS WITHIN THE QUOTE, EARLY WHISPERS WITHIN THE CABINET OF THE 25th AMEM AS A CABINET OF THE 25th AMEM AS A MEANS OF REMOVING TRUMP FROM MEANS OF REMOVING TRUMP FROM OFFICE FROM WITHIN OFFICE FROM WITHIN JUST GOB SMACKING STUFF

JUST GOB SMACKING STUFF AND OF COURSE IT WOULD BE HARD AND OF COURSE IT WOULD BE HARD TO OVERSTATE THE GRAVITY DENYING TO OVERSTATE THE GRAVITY DENYING LEVEL OF INTRIGUE THAT ANONYMOUS LEVEL OF INTRIGUE THAT ANONYMOUS OP-ED GENERATED OP-ED GENERATED BOTH ABOUT WHAT THIS WAS SAYING BOTH ABOUT WHAT THIS WAS SAYING ABOUT WHAT WAS HAPPENING INSIDE ABOUT WHAT WAS HAPPENING INSIDE THE WHITE HOUSE, BUT THERE WAS THE WHITE HOUSE, BUT THERE WAS ALSO THIS FURIOUS EXPLOSION OF ALSO THIS FURIOUS EXPLOSION OF SPECULATION AS TO WHO ANONYMOUS SPECULATION AS TO WHO ANONYMOUS WAS, WHO HAD WRITTEN THIS THING WAS, WHO HAD WRITTEN THIS THING

A PARADE OF SENIOR A PARADE OF SENIOR ADMINISTRATION OFFICIALS CAME ADMINISTRATION OFFICIALS CAME OUT AND DENIED THEMSELVES BEING OUT AND DENIED THEMSELVES BEING THE AUTHOR THE AUTHOR YOU MIGHT REMEMBER THE USE OF YOU MIGHT REMEMBER THE USE OF THE WORD LODESTAR IN THE OP-ED THE WORD LODESTAR IN THE OP-ED MADE A LOT OF PEOPLE QUESTION MADE A LOT OF PEOPLE QUESTION WHETHER THE AUTHOR COULD WHETHER THE AUTHOR COULD POTENTIALLY BE VICE PRESIDENT POTENTIALLY BE VICE PRESIDENT MIKE PENCE MIKE PENCE COULD IT BE? COULD IT BE? I DON’T KNOW

I DON’T KNOW THE WORD LODESTAR HAS BEEN ONE THE WORD LODESTAR HAS BEEN ONE OF HIS FAVORITES IN RECENT OF HIS FAVORITES IN RECENT SPEECHES SPEECHES COULD IT BE IT? COULD IT BE IT? AFTER SPECULATION FELL ON HIM IN AFTER SPECULATION FELL ON HIM IN THAT WAY VICE PRESIDENT MIKE THAT WAY VICE PRESIDENT MIKE PENCE NOT ONLY EMPHATICALLY PENCE NOT ONLY EMPHATICALLY DENIED BEING THE REAL AUTHOR BUT DENIED BEING THE REAL AUTHOR BUT SAID WHOEVER WAS THE REAL AUTHOR SAID WHOEVER WAS THE REAL AUTHOR MUST RESIGN IMMEDIATELY MUST RESIGN IMMEDIATELY

THE UN AMBASSADOR AT THE TIME THE UN AMBASSADOR AT THE TIME NIKKI HALEY PERHAPS NIKKI HALEY PERHAPS INADVERTENTLY BROUGHT SUSPICION INADVERTENTLY BROUGHT SUSPICION ON HERSELF TOO WHEN SHE ON HERSELF TOO WHEN SHE UNPROMPTED PROMISED THIS DENIAL UNPROMPTED PROMISED THIS DENIAL IN "THE WASHINGTON POST

" IN "THE WASHINGTON POST" QUOTE, WHEN I CHALLENGE THE QUOTE, WHEN I CHALLENGE THE PRESIDENT I DO IT DIRECTLY PRESIDENT I DO IT DIRECTLY MY ANONYMOUS COLLEAGUE SHOULD MY ANONYMOUS COLLEAGUE SHOULD HAVE TOO HAVE TOO

SECRETARY OF STATE MIKE POMPEO, SECRETARY OF STATE MIKE POMPEO, DAN COATS, DEFENSE SECRETARY JIM DAN COATS, DEFENSE SECRETARY JIM MATTIS ALL OF THEM CAME OUT AND MATTIS ALL OF THEM CAME OUT AND SAID NOT IT, NOT IT, IT ISN’T SAID NOT IT, NOT IT, IT ISN’T ME ME MEANWHILE THE PRESIDENT’S OWN MEANWHILE THE PRESIDENT’S OWN RESPONSE WAS TO TWEET A SINGLE RESPONSE WAS TO TWEET A SINGLE WORD WITH QUESTION MARK, WORD WITH QUESTION MARK, TREASON? TREASON? HE FOLLOWED THAT UP WITH ANOTHER HE FOLLOWED THAT UP WITH ANOTHER CALLING UPON "THE NEW YORK CALLING UPON "THE NEW YORK TIMES" TO, QUOTE, TURN HIM OR TIMES" TO, QUOTE, TURN HIM OR HER OVER TO THE GOVERNMENT AT HER OVER TO THE GOVERNMENT AT ONCE ONCE NEEDLESS TO SAY "THE NEW YORK NEEDLESS TO SAY "THE NEW YORK TIMES" IS NOT GOING TO DO THAT

TIMES" IS NOT GOING TO DO THAT BUT THERE WAS EVERY EXPECTATION BUT THERE WAS EVERY EXPECTATION THAT THE AUTHOR WOULD BE OUTED, THAT THE AUTHOR WOULD BE OUTED, WOULD BE FOUND OUT SOMEHOW SOON, WOULD BE FOUND OUT SOMEHOW SOON, RIGHT? RIGHT? BUT YET NOW WELL OVER A YEAR BUT YET NOW WELL OVER A YEAR LATER SINCE THAT OP-ED WAS LATER SINCE THAT OP-ED WAS PUBLISHED, THE YOILT OFIDENTITY PUBLISHED, THE YOILT OFIDENTITY SENIOR ADMINISTRATION OFFICIAL SENIOR ADMINISTRATION OFFICIAL REMAINS ANONYMOUS REMAINS ANONYMOUS WE STILL DON’T KNOW WHOEVER THAT WE STILL DON’T KNOW WHOEVER THAT WAS WARNING OF A DANGEROUS WAS WARNING OF A DANGEROUS PRESIDENT ONLY BEING HELD BACK PRESIDENT ONLY BEING HELD BACK FROM A TRUE DISASTER FROM HIS FROM A TRUE DISASTER FROM HIS OWN APPOINTEES WORKING OWN APPOINTEES WORKING DILIGENTLY FROM WITHIN TO DILIGENTLY FROM WITHIN TO FRUSTRATE PARTS OF HIS AGENDA FRUSTRATE PARTS OF HIS AGENDA AND HIS WORST INCLINATIONS AND HIS WORST INCLINATIONS

WHOEVER THAT WAS MORE THAN A WHOEVER THAT WAS MORE THAN A YEAR LATER, THAT PERSON IS STILL YEAR LATER, THAT PERSON IS STILL ANONYMOUS ANONYMOUS AND NOW IT’S COME TO THIS AND NOW IT’S COME TO THIS WITHIN THE LAST TWO WEEKS WE GOT WITHIN THE LAST TWO WEEKS WE GOT NEWS THIS STILL ANONYMOUS AUTHOR NEWS THIS STILL ANONYMOUS AUTHOR HAS WRITTEN A BOOK

HAS WRITTEN A BOOK AND IT’S CALLED,, "A WARNING" AND IT’S CALLED,, "A WARNING" THE BOOK IS DONE AND DUE TO BE THE BOOK IS DONE AND DUE TO BE PUBLISHED THIS MONTH PUBLISHED THIS MONTH

THE NEWS THAT ANONYMOUS OP-ED THE NEWS THAT ANONYMOUS OP-ED AUTHOR HAS WRITTEN A BOOK ALONG AUTHOR HAS WRITTEN A BOOK ALONG THE SAME LINES THAT HAS SETOFF A THE SAME LINES THAT HAS SETOFF A WHOLE NEW ROUND OF GUESSING WHOLE NEW ROUND OF GUESSING GAMES AS TO WHO IT MIGHT BE GAMES AS TO WHO IT MIGHT BE IT REMAINS UNCLEAR WHO IT IS, IT REMAINS UNCLEAR WHO IT IS, AND INTERESTINGLY IT REMAINS AND INTERESTINGLY IT REMAINS UNCLEAR WHETHER THE AUTHOR IS UNCLEAR WHETHER THE AUTHOR IS STILL A MEMBER OF THE STILL A MEMBER OF THE ADMINISTRATION ADMINISTRATION ANONYMOUS IS STILL BEING BILLED ANONYMOUS IS STILL BEING BILLED AS A SENIOR TRUMP ADMINISTRATION AS A SENIOR TRUMP ADMINISTRATION OFFICIAL

OFFICIAL AT THE TIMES OF THE "THE NEW AT THE TIMES OF THE "THE NEW YORK TIMES" OP-ED IN SEPTEMBER, YORK TIMES" OP-ED IN SEPTEMBER, THOUGH, "THE NEW YORK TIMES" THOUGH, "THE NEW YORK TIMES" WENT OUT OF THEIR WAY TO WENT OUT OF THEIR WAY TO DESCRIBE THEM AS A CURRENT DESCRIBE THEM AS A CURRENT ADMINISTRATION OFFICIAL ADMINISTRATION OFFICIAL IS THE PERSON STILL A CURRENT IS THE PERSON STILL A CURRENT OFFICIAL INSIDE THE OFFICIAL INSIDE THE ADMINISTRATION? ADMINISTRATION? WE DON’T ACTUALLY KNOW AS THE WE DON’T ACTUALLY KNOW AS THE BOOK IS COMING TO PRESS BOOK IS COMING TO PRESS

ONLY THE BOOK’S PUBLISHER AND ONLY THE BOOK’S PUBLISHER AND "THE NEW YORK TIMES" EDITORIAL "THE NEW YORK TIMES" EDITORIAL PAGE DEPARTMENT KNOW WHO IT IS PAGE DEPARTMENT KNOW WHO IT IS AND WHETHER OR NOT THAT’S STILL AND WHETHER OR NOT THAT’S STILL THE CASE THE CASE THEY’RE NOT SAYING THEY’RE NOT SAYING BUT I’LL TELL YOU TONIGHT WE BUT I’LL TELL YOU TONIGHT WE HAVE OBTAINED EXCERPTS FROM THIS HAVE OBTAINED EXCERPTS FROM THIS BOOK, LENGTHY EXCERPTS FROM THIS BOOK, LENGTHY EXCERPTS FROM THIS BOOK

BOOK AND I’M GOING TO SHARE A COUPLE AND I’M GOING TO SHARE A COUPLE WITH YOU TONIGHT WITH YOU TONIGHT BOTTOM LINE, AND I HAVEN’T SEEN BOTTOM LINE, AND I HAVEN’T SEEN THE ENTIRE BOOK THE ENTIRE BOOK

I’VE SEEN THE EXCERPTS I’VE SEEN THE EXCERPTS BOTTOM LINE THE MAIN POINT OF BOTTOM LINE THE MAIN POINT OF THAT OP-ED WAS THAT REASSURANCE, THAT OP-ED WAS THAT REASSURANCE, RIGHT, IT MAY BE COLD COMFORT IN RIGHT, IT MAY BE COLD COMFORT IN THIS CHAOTIC ERA BUT AMERICANS THIS CHAOTIC ERA BUT AMERICANS SHOULD KNOW THERE ARE ADULTS IN SHOULD KNOW THERE ARE ADULTS IN THE ROOM THE ROOM WE’RE TRYING TO DO WHAT’S RIGHT WE’RE TRYING TO DO WHAT’S RIGHT EVEN WHEN DONALD TRUMP WON’T

EVEN WHEN DONALD TRUMP WON’T IT WAS AN ALARM, BUT THE IT WAS AN ALARM, BUT THE ANONYMOUS AUTHOR WAS SAYING ANONYMOUS AUTHOR WAS SAYING THERE ARE PEOPLE HERE MAKING THERE ARE PEOPLE HERE MAKING SURE THINGS DON’T GO SO BADLY SURE THINGS DON’T GO SO BADLY OFF THE RAILS, THE COUNTRY IS OFF THE RAILS, THE COUNTRY IS NOT GOING TO BE AT RISK IN THE NOT GOING TO BE AT RISK IN THE WAY YOU MIGHT BE WORRIED ABOUT WAY YOU MIGHT BE WORRIED ABOUT BECAUSE WE’RE HERE — SINCE THAT BECAUSE WE’RE HERE — SINCE THAT OP-ED WAS PUBLISHED THIS AUTHOR OP-ED WAS PUBLISHED THIS AUTHOR IS NOW SOUNDING A DIFFERENT IS NOW SOUNDING A DIFFERENT TONE TONE THIS AUTHOR IS NOW ESSENTIALLY THIS AUTHOR IS NOW ESSENTIALLY SAYING THAT IF YOU WERE SAYING THAT IF YOU WERE COMFORTED AT ALL BY THE FACT COMFORTED AT ALL BY THE FACT THERE WERE OFFICIALS INSIDE THIS THERE WERE OFFICIALS INSIDE THIS ADMINISTRATION WHO WERE KEEPING ADMINISTRATION WHO WERE KEEPING THINGS ON TRACK AND THWARTING THINGS ON TRACK AND THWARTING THE PRESIDENT’S WORST AND MOST THE PRESIDENT’S WORST AND MOST MISGUIDED IMPULSES, YOU MAYBE MISGUIDED IMPULSES, YOU MAYBE SHOULDN’T BE CONFORMMFORTED BY T SHOULDN’T BE CONFORMMFORTED BY T ANYMORE BECAUSE THAT MAY NO ANYMORE BECAUSE THAT MAY NO LONGER BE THE CASE LONGER BE THE CASE

AND EVEN IF IT IS THE CASE THERE AND EVEN IF IT IS THE CASE THERE ARE PEOPLE TRYING, IT MAY NOT BE ARE PEOPLE TRYING, IT MAY NOT BE ENOUGH ENOUGH SO AS I SAY, MY IMPRESSION HERE SO AS I SAY, MY IMPRESSION HERE OVERALL IS THAT IT IS DARK, BUT OVERALL IS THAT IT IS DARK, BUT WE’VE GOT THESE NEW EXCERPTS WE’VE GOT THESE NEW EXCERPTS AND I’M GOING TO SHARE THEM WITH AND I’M GOING TO SHARE THEM WITH YOU NOW

YOU NOW SO THIS FIRST ONE IS FROM THE SO THIS FIRST ONE IS FROM THE INTRODUCTION INTRODUCTION THIS, AGAIN, IS FROM A WARNING THIS, AGAIN, IS FROM A WARNING BY ANONYMOUS, A SENIOR TRUMP BY ANONYMOUS, A SENIOR TRUMP ADMINISTRATION OFFICIAL ADMINISTRATION OFFICIAL

QUOTE, THE DONALD J TRUMP QUOTE, THE DONALD J TRUMP ADMINISTRATION WILL BE ADMINISTRATION WILL BE REMEMBERED AS AMONG THE MOST REMEMBERED AS AMONG THE MOST TUMULTUOUS IN AMERICAN HISTORY TUMULTUOUS IN AMERICAN HISTORY FUTURE HISTORIANS WILL RECORD FUTURE HISTORIANS WILL RECORD THE VOLATILITY OF THE THE VOLATILITY OF THE PRESIDENT’S DECISION MAKING AS PRESIDENT’S DECISION MAKING AS WELL AS THE INTERNAL STRUGGLES WELL AS THE INTERNAL STRUGGLES OF A GOVERNMENT FORCED TO OF A GOVERNMENT FORCED TO GRAPPLE WITH IT

GRAPPLE WITH IT THEY WILL WRITE THAT HIS THEY WILL WRITE THAT HIS ADVISERS CAME TO FIND HIM UNFIT ADVISERS CAME TO FIND HIM UNFIT FOR THE JOB FOR THE JOB HE COULDN’T FOCUS ON GOVERNING HE COULDN’T FOCUS ON GOVERNING AND HE WAS PRONE TO ABUSES OF AND HE WAS PRONE TO ABUSES OF POWER FROM ILL CONCEIVED SCHEMES POWER FROM ILL CONCEIVED SCHEMES TO PUNISH HIS POLITICAL RIVALS TO PUNISH HIS POLITICAL RIVALS TO PROPENSITY FOR UNDERMINING TO PROPENSITY FOR UNDERMINING VITAL AMERICAN INSTITUTIONS VITAL AMERICAN INSTITUTIONS

THE PRESIDENT STILL LACKS THE THE PRESIDENT STILL LACKS THE GUIDING PRINCIPLES NEEDED TO GUIDING PRINCIPLES NEEDED TO GOVERN OUR NATION AND FAILS TO GOVERN OUR NATION AND FAILS TO DISPLAY THE RUDIMENTARY DISPLAY THE RUDIMENTARY QUALITIES OF LEADERSHIP WE QUALITIES OF LEADERSHIP WE SHOULD EXPECT OF ANY COMMANDER SHOULD EXPECT OF ANY COMMANDER IN CHIEF IN CHIEF IN "THE TIMES" OP-ED I WROTE OF IN "THE TIMES" OP-ED I WROTE OF A QUIET RESISTANCE OF TRUMP A QUIET RESISTANCE OF TRUMP APPOINTEES AT THE HIGHEST LEVELS APPOINTEES AT THE HIGHEST LEVELS TRYING TO MANAGE HIS RASH TRYING TO MANAGE HIS RASH IMPULSES IMPULSES WE WANTED THE ADMINISTRATION TO WE WANTED THE ADMINISTRATION TO SUCCEED AND SUPPORTED SUCCEED AND SUPPORTED SIGNIFICANT COMPONENTS OF THE SIGNIFICANT COMPONENTS OF THE PRESIDENT’S AGENDA

PRESIDENT’S AGENDA BUT WE WERE ALARMED BY HIS BUT WE WERE ALARMED BY HIS UNSTABLE BEHAVIOR IN PUBLIC AND UNSTABLE BEHAVIOR IN PUBLIC AND IN PRIVATE IN PRIVATE THOSE WHO TRIED TO STEER HIM THOSE WHO TRIED TO STEER HIM AWAY FROM SELF-DESTRUCTIVE AWAY FROM SELF-DESTRUCTIVE IMPULSES WERE NOT THE SO-CALLED IMPULSES WERE NOT THE SO-CALLED DEEP STATE, I WROTE, BUT THE DEEP STATE, I WROTE, BUT THE STEADY STATE STEADY STATE

THIS IDEA WAS ASSAILED BY THE THIS IDEA WAS ASSAILED BY THE PRESIDENT PRESIDENT BUT THE NOTION HIS TEAM IS BUT THE NOTION HIS TEAM IS WORKING TO PROTECT HIM FROM WORKING TO PROTECT HIM FROM HIMSELF HAS SINCE BECOME ONE OF HIMSELF HAS SINCE BECOME ONE OF THE DEFINING NARRATIVES OF THE THE DEFINING NARRATIVES OF THE TRUMP ADMINISTRATION TRUMP ADMINISTRATION INDEED IT WAS A HALLMARK TAKE INDEED IT WAS A HALLMARK TAKE AWAY OF THE REPORT OF THE AWAY OF THE REPORT OF THE INVESTIGATION INTO RUSSIAN INVESTIGATION INTO RUSSIAN INTERFERENCE IN THE 2016 INTERFERENCE IN THE 2016 PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION

PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION THE PRESIDENT’S EFFORTS TO THE PRESIDENT’S EFFORTS TO INFLUENCE THE INVESTIGATION WERE INFLUENCE THE INVESTIGATION WERE MOSTLY UNSUCCESSFUL, MUELLER MOSTLY UNSUCCESSFUL, MUELLER WROTE, BUT THAT IS LARGELY WROTE, BUT THAT IS LARGELY BECAUSE THE PERSONS SURROUNDING BECAUSE THE PERSONS SURROUNDING THE PRESIDENT DECLINED TO CARRY THE PRESIDENT DECLINED TO CARRY OUT ORDERS OR RECEDE TO HIS OUT ORDERS OR RECEDE TO HIS REQUESTS REQUESTS THIS INCLUDED WHITE HOUSE THIS INCLUDED WHITE HOUSE COUNSEL DON McGAHN FIRED THE COUNSEL DON McGAHN FIRED THE SPECIAL COUNSEL, A REQUEST SPECIAL COUNSEL, A REQUEST McGAHN REBUFFED McGAHN REBUFFED

IT PROBABLY WOULD HAVE IT PROBABLY WOULD HAVE PRESIDENT TRUMP SHOULD NOT BE PRESIDENT TRUMP SHOULD NOT BE SHOCKED THAT WARY AIDES AND SHOCKED THAT WARY AIDES AND CABINET MEMBERS SAVED HIS CABINET MEMBERS SAVED HIS PRESIDENCY PRESIDENCY MY COLLEAGUES HAVE DONE SO MANY MY COLLEAGUES HAVE DONE SO MANY TIMES

TIMES HE SHOULD BE WORRIED, WE ALL HE SHOULD BE WORRIED, WE ALL SHOULD BE WORRIED THAT THESE SHOULD BE WORRIED THAT THESE REASONABLE PROFESSIONALS ARE REASONABLE PROFESSIONALS ARE VANISHING VANISHING THE PRESIDENT IS SHAFCHAFED BY T THE PRESIDENT IS SHAFCHAFED BY T WHO DARED TO CHALLENGE HIM WHO DARED TO CHALLENGE HIM

HE’S TARGETED AND REMOVED MANY HE’S TARGETED AND REMOVED MANY OF THESE OFFICIALS OF THESE OFFICIALS OTHERS HAVE GROWN TIRED OF THE OTHERS HAVE GROWN TIRED OF THE CHARADE AND LEFT OF THEIR OWN CHARADE AND LEFT OF THEIR OWN ACCORD ACCORD WITH EVERY DEPARTURE OF EVERY WITH EVERY DEPARTURE OF EVERY SENIOR LEADER THE RISKS TO THE SENIOR LEADER THE RISKS TO THE COUNTRY GROW AND THE PRESIDENT COUNTRY GROW AND THE PRESIDENT IS VALIDATED BY A SHRINKING IS VALIDATED BY A SHRINKING CADRE OF ADVISOR

CADRE OF ADVISOR WE ARE ALREADY SEEING THE WE ARE ALREADY SEEING THE CONSEQUENCES CONSEQUENCES THROUGH A TOXICATION OF THROUGH A TOXICATION OF AMORALITY OR INDIFFERENCE THE AMORALITY OR INDIFFERENCE THE PRESIDENT HAS FAILED TO RISE TO PRESIDENT HAS FAILED TO RISE TO THE OCCASION IN FULFILLING HIS THE OCCASION IN FULFILLING HIS DUTIES DUTIES

IN THESE PAGES I WILL UNDERSCORE IN THESE PAGES I WILL UNDERSCORE WHAT AMERICANS SHOULD ACTUALLY WHAT AMERICANS SHOULD ACTUALLY BE CONCERNED ABOUT WHEN IT COMES BE CONCERNED ABOUT WHEN IT COMES TO TRUMP AND HIS ADMINISTRATION TO TRUMP AND HIS ADMINISTRATION SO THAT IS THE FIRST EXCERPT WE SO THAT IS THE FIRST EXCERPT WE HAVE OBTAINED FROM THE BOOK "A HAVE OBTAINED FROM THE BOOK "A WARNING" BY THE ANONYMOUS AUTHOR WARNING" BY THE ANONYMOUS AUTHOR WHO PUBLISHED THAT EXPLOSIVE WHO PUBLISHED THAT EXPLOSIVE OP-ED IN "THE NEW YORK TIMES" OP-ED IN "THE NEW YORK TIMES" LAST FALL CLAIMING BOTH THE LAST FALL CLAIMING BOTH THE PRESIDENT WAS DANGEROUSLY UNFIT PRESIDENT WAS DANGEROUSLY UNFIT AND THAT HE WAS ONLY BEING HELD AND THAT HE WAS ONLY BEING HELD BACK FROM DISASTER BY SOME OF BACK FROM DISASTER BY SOME OF HIS OWN ADVISERS WHO WERE HIS OWN ADVISERS WHO WERE WORKING TO FRUSTRATE HIS OWN WORKING TO FRUSTRATE HIS OWN INTENTIONS INTENTIONS I’M GOING TO TAKE A BREAK HERE I’M GOING TO TAKE A BREAK HERE FOR A SECOND, BUT I WILL TO TELL FOR A SECOND, BUT I WILL TO TELL YOU THERE’S MORE

YOU THERE’S MORE THAT WHOLE IDEA LAID OUT AT THE THAT WHOLE IDEA LAID OUT AT THE END OF THAT FIRST EXCERPT HERE END OF THAT FIRST EXCERPT HERE OF WHAT AMERICANS SHOULD OF WHAT AMERICANS SHOULD ACTUALLY BE CONCERNED ABOUT WHEN ACTUALLY BE CONCERNED ABOUT WHEN IT COMES TO TRUMP AND HIS IT COMES TO TRUMP AND HIS ADMINISTRATION ADMINISTRATION WE’VE GOT A LOT MORE SPECIFICITY WE’VE GOT A LOT MORE SPECIFICITY FROM THIS ANONYMOUS AUTHOR IN FROM THIS ANONYMOUS AUTHOR IN TERMS OF WHAT ANONYMOUS MEANS BY TERMS OF WHAT ANONYMOUS MEANS BY THAT THAT

WHAT EXACTLY WE SHOULD BE WHAT EXACTLY WE SHOULD BE CONCERNED ABOUT CONCERNED ABOUT SO I’VE GOT ANOTHER EXCERPT FOR

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