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I am one of them.&rdquo;<br />\n Critics on the right called the author a coward for penning a piece under the cloak of anonymity. Critics on the left pounced on the author&rsquo;s failure to openly denounce Trump &mdash; the only act that they would consider courageous.<br />\n Trump branded the piece &ldquo;TREASON&rdquo; and urged then-Attorney General Jeff Sessions to find the dirty rat.<br />\n Journalists did not miss the irony in the author&rsquo;s identification as a &ldquo;senior administration official.&rdquo; The Trump White House was indignant, even though the press office routinely conducts briefings after directing reporters to identify the briefers as &ldquo;senior administration officials.&rdquo; Then Team Trump denounced the press for relying on unnamed sources.<br />\n I saw the piece as confirmation that good people worked in the administration out of a sense of public service &mdash; and that some stayed because they felt a duty to curb Trump&rsquo;s worst instincts. The book deal, alas, suggests the unknown civil servant has a hunger for self-promotion, as well as a poor sense of timing.<br />\n For one thing, the Mueller report tells voters everything they need to know about Trump. To wit: There was no collusion between Russia and the Trump campaign. And Trump frequently pushed those around him to do his dirty work, and they often failed to do his bidding.<br />\n Former campaign manager Corey Lewandowski, for example, chose not to tell Sessions to &ldquo;unrecuse&rdquo; himself from the Russian probe, lest Trump fire him. Instead, Lewandowski passed on the assignment to a White House aide, who also chose not to act.<br />\n In words that echoed the New York Times piece, special counsel Robert Mueller wrote, &ldquo;The president&rsquo;s efforts to influence the investigation were mostly unsuccessful, but that is largely because the persons who surrounded the president declined to carry out orders or accede to his requests.&rdquo;<br />\n Trump voters don&rsquo;t care. They believe the Russian probe was a witch hunt. Who can blame them? Mueller allowed the investigation to slog on long past any reasonable suspicion that Moscow was pulling Trump&rsquo;s strings. Federal officials throwing everything they&rsquo;ve got at Trump isn&rsquo;t really a good look right now.</p>\n<p> THE FIELD of anonymous Trump accusers is getting crowded. In August, an identity-shielded whistleblower came forward with a complaint that &ldquo;the president of the United States is using the power of his office to solicit interference from a foreign country in the 2020 U.S. election.&rdquo; It was in reference to a July 25 phone call during which Trump asked Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky to look for political dirt that could be used in next year&rsquo;s presidential race.<br />\n The unidentified whistleblower&rsquo;s lawyer said he represents another unidentified whistleblower. Democrats argue these individuals must be shielded for their own protection, but everyone knows they&rsquo;ll be feted as heroes when their identities &mdash; predictably &mdash; are revealed.<br />\n Book deals? You know it.<br />\n Perhaps the anonymous New York Times author decided to cut a deal to beat the pack of Ukraine scolds.<br />\n House Democrats have even been holding impeachment hearings behind closed doors to question known individuals. After releasing damning tidbits, they&rsquo;ve yet to release full testimony. In contrast, Trump made public a rough transcript of the July 25 conversation.<br />\n If there&rsquo;s something voters don&rsquo;t know that Anonymous thinks they need to, he or she could pen another op-ed, not a bestseller &mdash; or better yet, with an election a year away, come forward and face the wrath of the right in the light of day.<br />\n Of course, Anonymous has an agent. Matt Latimer told CNN that the author of the 272-page &ldquo;A Warning,&rdquo; published by Twelve, a division of Hachette, &ldquo;refused the chance at a seven-figure advance and intends to donate a substantial amount of any royalties to the White House Correspondents Association and other organizations that fight for a press that seeks the truth.&rdquo;</p>\n<p> AS A member of the association, I suppose I should be grateful and not at all curious about how much of the proceeds will go to worthy causes. 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Fields of anonymous Trump accusers getting crowded

IMPEACHMENT: October 27, 2019

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