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Trump Says DOJ Should Investigate Identity of NYT Op-Ed Author

Trump Says DOJ Should Investigate Identity of NYT Op-Ed Author

"He called on The New York Times to "turn over" the op-ed writer for "National Security purposes".

Trump tweeted, "Does the so-called "Senior Administration Official" really exist, or is it just the Failing New York Times with another phony source?"

Top officials of the Trump administration, including the office of the Vice President Mike Pence, rushed Thursday to deny that they were the author of an anonymous op-ed in The New York Times that slammed the working style of President Donald Trump. "That is why many Trump appointees have vowed to do what we can to preserve our democratic institutions while thwarting Mr Trump's more misguided impulses until he is out of office". "Some of the Trump-appointed USA attorneys are serious people committed to law enforcement".

The president tweeted "TREASON?".

"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", he said.

"It was not his op-ed", Pentagon spokeswoman Dana White said.

President Trump said Supreme Court candidate Judge Brett Kavanaugh has his support, as does Republican challenger Matt Rosendale.

The Justice Department declined to confirm or deny an investigation. "It's different for career people", the official said.

Asked if he would take any action against the Times, Trump says "we're going to see, I'm looking at that right now". That's a rich criticism coming from an administration that, like its predecessors, routinely holds briefings and phone calls with reporters that require the reporters not to identify the administration officials involved by name.

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.

Former CIA Director John Brennan, a fierce Trump critic, told NBC, "This is not sustainable to have an executive branch where individuals are not following the orders of the chief executive". It's addressed to the South Korean president and trade minister, and informs them that the US "wishes to terminate" the current trade agreement between the two countries.

"Find the departments that have purged all Trump supporters from those departments", Caputo told CBN News.

"They don't like Donald Trump and I don't like them", Trump said.