The author claiming to be a senior Trump administration official is launching a Warning, a behind-the-scenes look at the presidency.
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- An unnamed "senior official" suggests that Trump may refuse to leave his post, even if imprisoned or narrowly defeated.
- The new book says that Trump ordered a "deliberate and coordinated campaign" hampering congressional research.
- The White House branded the new book "nothing but a lie" written by an anonymous "coward."
An anonymous official who wrote a disgusting account of Donald Trump's presidency suggests that the president may refuse to leave office even if convicted in impeachment hearings or narrowly defeated in the 2020 election – and says Trump it prepares its followers to see the result as a "coup" that can guarantee resistance.
"It will not come out quietly – or easily," writes the author, who identifies himself as a senior administration official, writes in Warning, a book based on an explosive published by the same unnamed author last year. USA TODAY received an early copy of the book.
"Therefore, many turns suggest that 'coups are in the foot and the' civil war 'is at the beginning. He is already sowing the story of his followers – a story that can end tragically. "
President Donald Trump" won't come out quietly – or easily, "writes Anonymous in A Warning, a book that claims to offer an inside look at the administration. (Photo: Seth Wenig, AP)
As the House of Representatives prepares to open Wednesday's public hearing, the book reads also says Trump ordered associates more than a year ago to conduct a "deliberate and coordinated campaign" to restrain messing up impeachment investigations and other congressional investigations President Adam Schiff said he considered impeding Congress as a possible member of the empire
The author of the book has only been identified as a "senior official in the Trump administration" and his forum created a fiery storm both on the portrayal of a dysfunctional president and on the writer's decision to remain anonymous.
cover of "Warning" by an anonymous senior Trump administration official. (Photo: Twelve)
"The fear that wrote this book did not put its name on it because it is nothing but a lie," said White House press secretary Stephanie Grisham. Many announcements echo news stories that present the president as impulsive, sometimes uninformed, and regularly prepared to refute established norms. There is no longer a shortage of books by Trump's critics, including former FBI Director James Comy and others who have served in his administration who raise questions about the president's suitability for office.
But the The New York Times op-ed in 2018 and the new book published the following Tuesday by twelve drew a lot of attention because the author had an inside look, often attending small meetings in the White a home where decisive decisions are made.
The author presents himself as sharing some political views with Trump, and initially has a positive, if careful, perception of the capabilities of his presidency.
The author says that the intended audience for Warning is not those who follow closely politics, but rather those who do not, especially voters from across the country, attracted in 2016 to Trump's promise to shake off. up the bar.
The book states that Trump "discusses more than once" with employees the possibility of Vice President Mike Pence's dismissal before the 2020 election.
"Former UN ambassador Nicky Haley was under active discussion to took the role of vice president, which initially did not discourage, "the author wrote, saying that some councilors claimed that putting Haley on the ticket would help the president increase his support among female voters.
In an interview Friday with US TODAY, Nicky Haley rejected the suggestion that she could replace Pence. In her new book, With all due respect, Haley offers a generally positive portrait of Trump, and the president rewards her with a friendly tweet, urging his millions of followers to buy a copy.
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Anonymous portrays Trump as impatient, immoral, cruel, even dangerous, as he rejects restrictions imposed on presidents by Congress and the courts.
With the 2018 midterm approaching, according to the book, the White House Office has begun to develop an "emergency plan" to protect the administration if Democrats gain control of Congress and thus have the ability to launch investigations and issue subpoenas. New attorneys were hired and internal procedures were updated, the author writes.
"The purpose was not simply to prepare for a number of legislative requests," the book says. "It was a concerted attempt to defend itself from Congressional oversight. When the Democrats finally took the House, the unspoken administrative policy of the Capitol Hill became: Give as little as possible, wait as long as possible. Even routine investigations are already targeting attorneys who have found unique ways of saying "We can't now," "Give us a few months," "We'll have to hold you," "Probably not," "No," and "No accident in hell. "
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The author says the administration's refusal to comply with congressional demands and even calls for inscriptions" standard practice, and has become a complete exercise in blocking and dealing with congressional investigators in a number of contradictions with the Trump administration. "
Regarding the president's actions with Ukraine, now the heart of the impeachment investigation, the author writes that the idea that Trump tried yours to fight corruption abroad – instead of gaining some partisan political advantage at home, "she was hardly a believer in anyone around him."
But the book does not provide significant new information or insight into this episode.
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The author's agent, Matt Latimer, said the author would not take an advance on the book and planned to donate a significant amount of the nonprofit's royalties , which promote government accountability and the independent press.
Among the other statements in the book are:
- Several top advisers and cabinet-level officials discussed last year a mass resignation, a "midnight self-sabotage" designed to bring attention to what they consider to be dubious and even corrupt behavior by Trump. "The idea was abandoned for fear of a worse situation."
- If the cabinet majority called for Trump to be removed under the rules of the 25th Amendment, Pence would be ready to go along with them. But the author does not provide evidence to support this claim, and Pence has categorically refuted it in recent days.
- Trump told officials that if they took illegal actions on his behalf, he would give them a pardon for president. "For Donald Trump, these are unlimited 'Get out of prison' monopoly cards."
- Trump was "particularly disappointed that the Justice Department did no more to harass Clinton." The president suggested to his first Attorney General, Jeff Sessions, that he could "withdraw" from Mueller's investigation into Russian election interference, probably so that he felt free to order a more aggressive investigation into Trump's adversary in 2016. "You would be a hero," the president told him.
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