White House officials no Trump order on op-ed

Geraldine Edwards
September 8, 2018

On Wednesday, the New York Times published an op-ed from an unidentified "senior official in the Trump administration" claiming to be part of "the resistance" inside the White House.

The Times said it published the op-ed to get the information out, but without the author's name, in order to protect the job of the senior White House official. "They need to take steps that are more bold".

In an interview with Fox News broadcast on Friday, Trump blasted the newspaper for printing the op-ed, which said cabinet members had even considered declaring Trump unfit to lead and beginning the process of ousting him via an amendment to the Constitution. "Anyone from the outside can see how dysfunctional it is, and you're complicit" if you are a political appointee. That means it's she, ' he said, speculating about the identity of the top Trump aide. But another anxious that it could spur an "Erdogan-style purge" of the self-styled faithful servants of the people.

The FBI and Justice Department are responsible for investigating federal crimes, but there is no indication of anything illegal having been done in the publication of a newspaper opinion piece critical of the president.

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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.

"They don't like Donald Trump and I don't like them", Trump said. Any leak investigations of classified information tend to go through a complex process at the Justice Department that includes determining whether the information was sensitive and known to few people.

Speaking during a campaign rally in Montana, President Trump launched a tirade against a New York Times op-ed written by an unnamed Trump administration senior official.

"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", the president added, presumably referring to the author of the piece, according to the Times.

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The op-ed instantly sparked national speculation over who wrote it, prompting many administration officials to deny they were responsible for the piece.

The Times reported that several White House officials still eyed Pence's staff as the source of the op-ed.

Trump had threatened to sue the Times when he was running for president in October 2016 because of its story about allegations of sexual assault against women.

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