Trump wants investigation into anonymous New York Times opinion piece


The president said if that person had high-level security clearance, "I don't want him in those meetings".

He told reporters, "It's not mine" and said The Times should not "have chosen to take a disgruntled deceptive bad actor's word for anything and put it in their newspaper". "That would actually be a good scoop".

"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.

Trump has repeatedly demanded that Sessions look into allegations of wrongdoing by Democrats and what he and his allies portray as an anti-Trump cabal that existed in the Justice Department and Federal Bureau of Investigation during President Barack Obama's administration.

By email, by tweet and on camera, the denials paraded in from Cabinet-level officials - and even Vice President Mike Pence on Thursday - apparently crafted for an audience of one, seated in the Oval Office.

The author wrote that the resistance inside the government wants "the administration to succeed". "They ought to do the honorable thing and they ought to resign".

The president also has a turbulent history with Sessions.

"I come from a place where if you're not in a position to execute the commander's intent, you have a singular option".

During a visit to India, Mr Pompeo said: "It's not mine".

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It's not clear what crimes the anonymous official is supposed to have committed, though Trump has previously called him/her "gutless" and a "coward".

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

"It seems to be the result of a deliberate attempt to place Trump opponents in this administration", former Trump campaign aide Michael Caputo told The Post.

Trump also told reporters that he isn't ruling out an interview with Justice Department special counsel Robert Mueller, who is investigating the Russian attack on the 2016 election. "That's where you'll find this culprit".

Trump claims that his call for an investigation is not spurred by the op-ed's negative portrayal of him.

"It's created to depress the turnout of the President's base so that the Democrats will win the House of Representatives".

Trump wasn't saying Friday whether he'd take the suggestion.

"I would know. I am one of them", the anonymous official wrote.

7 that Attorney General Jeff Sessions should investigate the identity of the author of an anonymous editorial claiming they were part of a network of government officials working covertly to thwart parts of Trump's agenda. I strongly approve of his Supreme Court picks, his decision to move the United States embassy to Jerusalem and his decision to reach out to Egypt after President Obama.