Trump calls on Sessions to investigate who wrote 'resistance' op-ed

President Donald J. Trump delivers remarks from the White House

The author said, "I work for the president but like-minded colleagues and I have vowed to thwart parts of his agenda and his worst inclinations", and went on to give an example claiming that aides had to twist Trump's arm to get him to issue sanctions against Russian Federation.

"No, they won't. The President can't decree it, no court is going to enforce it". On Friday, Trump said the U.S. Justice Department should investigate the identity of the op-ed writer.

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, during a trip to India, told reporters "it's not mine", and denounced the Times for publishing the anonymous article that indicates Trump may be facing the prospect of revolt within his own administration.

The information isn't available from any other source.

White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders issued a statement saying that "this coward should do the right thing and resign".

No classified information appears to have been revealed by the anonymous op-ed author.

"Speculation that The New York Times op-ed was written by me or my Principal Deputy is patently false".

While Woodward's is not the first unflattering investigation into Trump's White House, it carries particular weight coming from the man who together with Carl Bernstein authored the Watergate expose that brought down former President Richard Nixon. "Supposing I have a high-level national security, and he has got a clearance, we talked about clearances a lot recently, and he goes into a high-level meeting concerning China or Russian Federation or North Korea or something".

It's unclear what possible crime the Justice Department could investigate in this situation.

Trump also said he was looking into potentially taking legal action against what he calls the "Failing New York Times", citing concerns about "national security".

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"It's national security", the president said on Air Force One, on the way to a rally in North Dakota Friday. That means it's she, ' he said, speculating about the identity of the top Trump aide.

"I do, I do", he said.

Trump described the writer of the opinion piece as someone "probably who is failing and probably here for all the wrong reasons".

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

A "whodunnit?" style guessing game has raged in the corridors of power and on social media over the identity of the author, prompting almost every cabinet-ranked member of the government to deny involvement.

"At best they are unreliable".

Haley goes on to call the anonymous official's decision to publish the piece "dangerous", and responsible for "many problems" within the administration including spreading distrust among staffers. "It would be very hard if it was, if they got caught". "You'd be shunned for the rest of your life".

Advisers to President Donald Trump entertained the idea, briefly discussing it among themselves, according to the Times.

"No, Dir. Mulvaney is not the author", a spokesperson for Mulvaney told NBC News.

Kentucky Senator Rand Paul has urged Mr Trump to conduct lie detector tests to find out who wrote the piece. I would know. I am one of them.

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