Saturday, 22 September, 2018

Trump Says DOJ Should Investigate Identity of NYT Op-Ed Author

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Leonard Rios | 09 September, 2018, 12:04

President Trump on Friday said knows "four or five" people who could be the "senior official" behind a bombshell New York Times op-ed that has sparked an internal hunt for the official who penned it. He has also said the Times should reveal the author "for National Security purposes" and that Attorney General Jeff Sessions should investigate. In an interview with CNN's Christiane Amanpour, White House counsellor Kellyanne Conway said Trump believes the individual is someone from the national security sector of the government.

President Donald Trump declared Friday the Department of Justice should try to identify the writer of a bitingly critical New York Times opinion piece, purportedly submitted by a member of an administration "resistance" movement straining to thwart his most risky impulses.

The White House has compiled a list of 12 senior officials who may have written the anonymous New York Times op-ed, an outside adviser told The Times on Thursday.

"It may be cold comfort in this chaotic era, but Americans should know that there are adults in the room", the anonymous official wrote in the op-ed.

He added that they are not "doing us a service by actively promoting 90 per cent of the insane stuff that's coming out of this White House, and then saying, 'Don't worry, we're preventing the other 10 per cent'".

Trump claims that his call for an investigation is not spurred by the op-ed's negative portrayal of him. "What's unfair, I don't mind when they write a book and they make lies because it gets discredited", later adding "W$3 hen somebody writes and you can't discredit because you have no idea who they are". "We're looking at it very strongly from a legal standpoint", he said aboard Air Force One.

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That a covert network of officials was operating within the government to derail Trump's agenda became clear in the first months of the presidency.

Mr Trump's call on Mr Sessions is an extraordinary step because the justice department, which is meant to act independently, does not usually investigate press leaks unless classified information is disclosed.

Trump attacked the book as a "scam", and suggested hardening the country's "pathetic" libel legislation.

Trump's claim, for example, that he would never have used the word "retarded" to describe Attorney General Jeff Sessions was quickly undermined by recordings showing he had used the term several times in the past.

"He is offering $50,000 cash to information that will lead to the identification and termination of the New York Times "anonymous" author", Kirk wrote on Twitter. "And we are trying to do what's right even when Donald Trump won't".

Trump appeared to be calling for a criminal investigation despite there being no indication that the mystery author broke any laws by releasing his extraordinary column, which detailed how "unsung heroes" were quietly working within the administration to frustrate an amoral president's "worst inclinations".

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