A low-level staffer in the White House is reportedly behind a lie leaked to the press about the resignation of President Trump’s deputy assistant, Sebastian Gorka.
Following the surprise announcement by Gorka on Friday, in a scathing letter condemning elements in the administration who “do not support the MAGA promise,” reports began to circulate that the national security aide was actually fired.
WH official: “Sebastian Gorka did not resign, but I can confirm he no longer works at the White House.”
— Jim Acosta (@Acosta) August 26, 2017
But according to a report from Breitbart News, the “Senior White House official” behind that information was actually low-level press staffer, Kelly Sadler, who lied about her credentials and leaked the false information to the media.
Sadler allegedly sent an email to members of the press with the headline, “Background on Sebastian Gorka,” and beginning with “BACKGROUND PURPOSES ONLY” written in bright red, and bolded, according to Breitbart.
“From a White House Official: ‘Sebastian Gorka did not resign, but I can confirm he no longer works at the White House,” the body of the email read, and concluded with, “No attribution to me, please. Senior White House official only.”
More from Breitbart:
Sadler’s claim that she is a “Senior White House official” is not true. She is not a “Senior White House official.” She is a low-level press staffer, and a commissioned officer as a special assistant to the president.
In addition, her claim that Gorka “did not resign” is also untrue. Gorka sent the president a detailed resignation letter, as multiple media outlets have reported.
The White House refused to comment on Sadler’s decision to inflate her credentials to lie about Gorka’s resignation. Sadler herself did not respond to a request for comment.
The quote attributed to Sadler was used in many media reports following Gorka’s announcement, sparking speculation and theories behind the departure.
WH official says Sebastian Gorka did not resign, but confirms he no longer works at the White House.
— Mark Knoller (@markknoller) August 26, 2017
Senior White House Official: “Sebastian Gorka did not resign, but I can confirm he no longer works at the White House.”
— Harlan Z. Hill (@Harlan) August 26, 2017
WH official (per the pool): Sebastian Gorka did not resign, but I can confirm he no longer works at the White House.
— Frank Thorp V (@frankthorp) August 26, 2017
Senior WH official: ‘Sebastian Gorka did not resign, but I can confirm he no longer works at the White House.’ Gorka: No, I resigned.
— Byron York (@ByronYork) August 26, 2017
White House official: “Sebastian Gorka did not resign, but I can confirm he no longer works at the White House” https://t.co/TXxcTLe6Ym pic.twitter.com/9d33xau3b6
— Variety (@Variety) August 26, 2017
Self-described “counter terrorism expert” Sebastian Gorka no longer works at the White House. A White House official says he did not resign.
— scott horsley (@HorsleyScott) August 26, 2017
So, a GOP source close to the WH told me they’d never seen something like the statement disputing Gorka resigned https://t.co/rraPHjFvuX pic.twitter.com/RORbCNnK11
— Kate Nocera (@KateNocera) August 26, 2017
The New York Times’ Maggie Haberman had a slightly different version of the story.
two admin officials tell me Gorka was pushed out, did not resign, had been on vacation for weeks.
— Maggie Haberman (@maggieNYT) August 26, 2017
As did CNN’s Kaitlyn Collins:
Gorka resigned to Kelly bc it was clear to him he would not be allowed to have a meaningful role going forward, a White House official says
— Kaitlan Collins (@kaitlancollins) August 26, 2017
Jennifer Jacobs, the White House reporter for Bloomberg News, revealed that even her sources offered conflicting reports.
Trump aide Sebastian Gorka has resigned, two sources confirm.
— Jennifer Jacobs (@JenniferJJacobs) August 26, 2017
Two sources close to Trump tell me Seb Gorka was fired, one insists he resigned.
Bottom line: forced out. https://t.co/Wkeps8oanf
— Jennifer Jacobs (@JenniferJJacobs) August 26, 2017
Gorka apparently later told a reporter it was “disappointing” that the White House was reporting he was fired.
“How disappointing,” Sebastian Gorka tells me of latest WH statement saying that he was fired. “I resigned.”
— Sarah Westwood (@sarahcwestwood) August 26, 2017
Sadler may have just been following orders by those higher up than her in the administration, sources told told Breitbart News. The outlet noted that her husband, Frank Sadler, managed the 2016 presidential campaign of Trump opponent Carly Fiorina.
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