Trump wants investigation into anonymous New York Times opinion piece

Fear Trump in the White House’ by Bob Woodward

Fear Trump in the White House’ by Bob Woodward

"We're going to take a look at what he had, what he gave, what he's talking about, also where he is right now", he said.

US President Donald Trump on Friday urged his attorney general to investigate the anonymous author of a damning op-ed, escalating his long-running battles with both the media and leaks from the White House.

President Donald Trump says he can identify up to five people who could have written the anonymous New York Times opinion piece criticizing his leadership.

The White House has a list of 12 people whom they believe could have anonymously penned the explosive New York Times op-ed, an outside adviser told the newspaper Thursday night.

As the initial scramble to unmask the writer proved fruitless, attention turned to the questions the article raised, which have been whispered in Washington for more than a year: Is Trump truly in charge, and could a divided executive branch pose a danger to the country?

"I would know. I am one of them", the anonymous United States official stated. It is also extraordinary for a president to demand an investigation by the Justice Department, which is supposed to make investigative and charging decisions without White House interference.

The op-ed claims that Cabinet officials discussed removing Trump from the presidency early on in his administration by invoking the 25th Amendment, but decided against such a move in order to avoid a "constitutional crisis".

The respected White House chronicler describes a coalition of like-minded aides plotting to prevent the president from destroying the world trade system, undermining national security and sparking wars.

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He told Fox News: "What they've done is virtually, you know, it's treason, you could call it a lot of things".

As one high level administration official after the other released scathing statements denying they were the wordsmith culprit, Trump appears to have bought the rebuttals. "Anything. I have nothing to do with Russian Federation", he said.

Trump pointed to the reports about the forthcoming book by Bob Woodward - which Trump partly dismissed as "nonsense" - and said that even Woodward "couldn't find anything about collusion in that big, fat, ugly book with all the misquotes and all the lies".

Not a syllable in the column suggests that the author and his confederates would be anything but delighted to implement Vice President Mike Pence's (or Brett Kavanaugh's) paleo-conservative, evangelical-pandering agenda from the White House.

Citing company policy, Ha refused to comment on whether the Times received any substantial threats to its office or employees.

Trump's lawyers and supporters have argued that as president he is empowered not only to hire and fire whomever he chooses but that he can also inject himself into law enforcement matters.

"The dilemma - which he does not fully grasp - is that numerous senior officials in his own administration are working diligently from within to frustrate parts of his agenda and his worst inclinations", the author writes.

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