Amid swirling rumors that she is the author of the infamous anonymous New York Times op-ed trashing President Donald Trump, there are reports that deputy national security adviser Victoria Coates will be reassigned.
Trump administration officials are in discussions to move Coates to the Department of Energy, Axios reported, citing two sources familiar with the planning. The move is not entirely without merit, given her “strong ties” to the department.
The move, should it take place, would suggest that Trump, who has been the target of snitches and saboteurs within his administration from the beginning, is just getting started in “draining the swamp,” as he so often promises to do.
The reassignment would follow on the heels of Army Lt. Col Alexander Vindman and his twin brother, Army Lt. Col. Yevgeny Vindman, being dismissed from the National Security Council and escorted off White House grounds.
Trump also canned U.S. ambassador to the European Union Gordon Sondland, and the president and national security adviser Robert O’Brien quietly cut 70 Obama-era holdovers from the NSC.
Fresh from being acquitted in the House Democrats’ partisan impeachment effort, the Trump-hating media has been reporting ongoing personnel moves as retaliation as if the president is some rogue dictator lashing out in revenge.
A more accurate depiction may be to say that he is looking to jettison members of the Democratic “resistance” buried within the administration, scheming to destroy him.
Coates has vehemently denied to colleagues that she is “Anonymous,” as some people in the administration have allegedly tagged her, according to Axios.
President Trump questioned who this source actually is in a 2018 tweet.
“Does the so-called ‘Senior Administration Official’ really exist, or is it just the Failing New York Times with another phony source? If the GUTLESS anonymous person does indeed exist, the Times must, for National Security purposes, turn him/her over to government at once!” he tweeted.
Does the so-called “Senior Administration Official” really exist, or is it just the Failing New York Times with another phony source? If the GUTLESS anonymous person does indeed exist, the Times must, for National Security purposes, turn him/her over to government at once!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 5, 2018
In addition to the Times op-ed, there was also a bestselling book about the resistance movement against President Trump in his own White House. Axios noted that one of the literary agents behind the book released a statement saying explicitly that Coates is not the author, did not edit the book, did not see it in advance and did not know about it.
Another administration official now under fire is Intelligence Community Inspector General Michael Atkinson.
Rep. Devin Nunes, R-Calif., is threatening to take action against Atkinson over his handling of the whistleblower’s complaint that started the impeachment deal, unless he complies with congressional requests for information and documents.
“I will be referring this matter for investigation by the Department of Justice if you once again refuse to comply,” Nunes wrote in a letter to the inspector general.
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