In what is expected to be a fresh blow to the presidency of Donald Trump, The New York Times today plans to disclose the identity of the president’s top advisor, “many people,” potentially making it more difficult for the president to demonstrate support for his policies.
“After an exhaustive investigation by our team of dedicated journalists, we have learned that “many people” is Jeff Banks, a former marketing associate who now works from home as a consultant, although he doesn’t list any clients at the present time,” Times Executive Editor Jean Paquet says in a statement.
According to the forthcoming Times report, Trump referred to Banks, 36, as “many people” after Banks tweeted in 2015 that Donald Trump would make a great president and should run for office. “Many people are saying I should run for office,” Trump tweeted on January 11, 2015. “I might just do that. America was great once. I will make America great again!”
Trump has since quoted or retweeted posts from Banks a number of times, most recently after FBI agents raided the office of Michael Cohen, Trump’s personal attorney.
Cohen is being scrutinized for potential financial crimes, including a payment of $130,000 to porn actress Stormy Daniels just before the 2016 election. The payment could be a violation of campaign finance rules. According to reports, the FBI raid came after a referral by Robert Mueller, the special counsel appointed by the Department of Justice to look into potential collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia.
Upon hearing of the raid and Mueller’s referral, Trump said, “Why don’t I just fire Mueller? Many people have said I should fire him.”
Reached for comment, Banks said he doesn’t discuss his advice to the president. “I’m just one voice,” he said. “Many people offer advice to the president. I don’t know who the other people are.”
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