White House eyes 12 potential authors behind anonymous op-ed

by Garry Watts September 9, 2018, 16:39
White House eyes 12 potential authors behind anonymous op-ed

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

Woodward's revelations were supported by the article in The New York Times published anonymously on Wednesday, which said "unsung heroes" were quietly working within the administration to frustrate the president's "worst inclinations".

The President said he finds the ordeal unsettling, primarily because the author could have a security clearance and has access to "high level national security" meetings.

The New York Times has beefed up its security in light of the controversial op-ed it published this week penned by an unnamed senior Trump administration official.

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

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".

Even David Frum, George W. Bush's former "Axis of Evil" speechwriter and a very smart if somewhat doctrinaire "free markets-über alles" conservative, has been looking good by warning grandiloquently about Trump's authoritarianism.

Writing in The Guardian in April, Jack Goldsmith, a law professor at Harvard, said the "Deep State", such as it is, is "national security bureaucrats who use secretly collected information to shape or curb the actions of elected officials".

"You try to get little telltale signs", Trump said.

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"The department does not confirm or deny investigations", said Sarah Isgur Flores, a spokeswoman.

While crediting the few successes Trump's White House has seen, the essay adds that "these successes have come despite - not because of - the president's leadership style, which is impetuous, adversarial, petty and ineffective".

Meanwhile, a number of senior officials have denied being the anonymous writer, including vice president Mike Pence, secretary of state Mike Pompeo, defence secretary Jim Mattis and director of national intelligence Dan Coats.

Trump has gone as far as to call the letter treasonous in his first tweet critical of the piece.

The president has called on the Department of Justice to investigate the matter and says he is considering legal action against the New York Times for publishing the story.

"The has been in this fight before, and they have taken aggressive positions to protect that source relationship", said Theresa House, who specializes in First Amendment and media law for Arnold & Portner in NY, told Variety.

Asked on the plane if he trusts his White House staff, Mr Trump said, "I do, but what I do now is I look around the room".

"Our libel laws are pathetic", he said. "I say, 'Hey, if I don't know somebody'".

It also reflects an expansive view of White House authority that cuts to the heart of special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation.

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