Trump wants Sessions to investigate op-ed writer

Trump wants Sessions to investigate op-ed writer

Trump wants Sessions to investigate op-ed writer

The anonymous piece in The New York Times said "a quiet resistance" within the Trump administration was working to thwart some of the president's "worst inclinations".

A spokesman for Pence said the vice president "puts his name on his Op-Eds".

Attorney General Jeff Sessions 'should be investigating who the author of that piece was because I really believe it's national security'.

Publicly, Trump has suggested that the op-ed amounts to "treason".

The opinion piece says that Trump's staff often takes action to block the president from action.

Sandra Smith then brought up the anonymous op-ed from a senior Trump administration official that sent shockwaves through the country this week.

He said the anonymous person, "if they do indeed exist", is "GUTLESS", and requested that "the Times must, for National Security purposes, turn him/her over to government at once!"

With such a wide circle of potential suspicion, Trump's men and women felt they had no choice but to speak out.

The Pentagon said Defense Secretary James Mattis did not write the piece.

Members of his administration and inner circle from the vice-president downwards have been lining up to condemn the column and deny authorship. So could the denials be trusted?

"The president has to know that when a president speaks, his words weigh a ton".

A White House official said Trump's call for the Justice Department investigation was an expression of his frustration with the op-ed, rather than an order for federal prosecutors.

"It could motivate Trump to pursue the Erdogan-style purge of the bureaucracy that he hasn't pursued yet", said an unnamed Justice Department trial attorney. The writer questions the president's morality and fitness to serve. John McCain, R-Ariz., described as a "lodestar for restoring honor to public life and our national dialogue". "That person should be found out and stopped", Giuliani said.

Trump was asked if, in light of the book and column, he trust the people around him.

Mr Trump described the writer as "gutless" and the newspaper as "phony".

"He would basically be like, 'We've gotta get rid of them". We fully recognise what is happening.

He also criticised the claim made in the article which asserted that the coalition of "resistance" within the Trump administration was working in the interests of the American people.

"Anyone who works with him knows he is not moored to any discernible first principles that guide his decision making", it said.

Vice President Mike Pence was an early suspect to be the writer of a bombshell New York Times op-ed from an anonymous senior administration official denouncing the president as incompetent and amoral, but he quickly worked to quash this speculation.

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