On Wednesday, CNN host Chris Cuomo called out network contributor Miles Taylor for lying two months ago when he denied that he was the anonymous author of the 2018 New York Times op-ed “I Am Part of the Resistance Inside the Trump Administration.”
Taylor, who NYT misrepresented as “senior official working for the administration” at the time — he was actually Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen’s chief of staff — revealed his authorship in a medium post Wednesday afternoon.
He quit the Trump administration in 2019 and since then has been a paid CNN commentator. And as it happens, in August he denied that he wrote that op-ed and the subsequent tell-all book, while appearing on Anderson Cooper’s CNN show.
So it is that Cuomo kicked off their interview by bringing it up. Watch the clip below:
CNN’s Chris Cuomo to Miles Taylor aka “Anonymous”: “Why should CNN keep you on the payroll after lying like that?” pic.twitter.com/LsdEanlDDC
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“First what matters most certainly to me, you lied to us, Miles,” Cuomo said. “You were asked in August if you were anonymous here with Anderson Cooper, and you said no,” Cuomo said. “Now, why should CNN keep you on the payroll after lying like that?”
Taylor gave the following reply: “When I published the warning, I said in the book that if asked I would strenuously deny I was the author. And here’s the reason. Because the things I said in that book were ideas that I wanted Donald Trump to challenge on their merits. We have seen over the course of four years that Donald Trump’s preference is to find personal attacks and distractions to pull people away from criticisms of his record. I work that work anonymously to deprive him of that opportunity and to force him to answer the questions on their merits.”
After revisiting critical comments he made about Taylor’s book when it was first released, Cuomo said: “You know what the problem is with having lied is that now you are a liar, and people will be slow to believe you when you lied about something as important as whether or not you wanted to own this.”
Taylor replied with an apology that, quite frankly, wasn’t really an apology. “Chris, that’s the truth. And this was a very torturous decision. It was not immediate for me to want to publish this work anonymously. The next best opportunity was to convey it in a way the president would avoid those attacks,” he said. “But you’re right, Chris. And I owe an apology for having to maintain that necessary misdirection for that period of time in order for that argument to work.”