Trump Wants Justice Department Probe of 'Resistance' Writer

10 September, 2018, 15:41 | Author: Myra Gill
  • Donald Trump

"I'm looking at that right now", Trump told reporters aboard Air Force One.

"I would say Jeff should be investigating who the author of that piece was because I really believe it's national security", Trump told reporters, according to a pool report. Trump is arguing it is essential to USA national security to find out who the author is.

The President recently referred to the op-ed piece as a "disgrace", saying the New York Times stooped "very low" by publishing the anonymous author.

"Supposing I have a high-level national security meeting and he has got a clearance and he goes into a high-level meeting concerning China or Russian Federation or North Korea or something".

The column, published online Wednesday, was written by someone the Times identified only as a senior official in the Trump administration.

But Trump denied Woodward's reporting, calling it a "phony story".

Asked if he trusts his White House staffers, Trump said, "I do, but what I do now is I look around the room". Russian collusion? Those smelling Trump blood can't wait for special counsel Robert Mueller's glacial wheels of justice to bear fruit - if ever - on that score. Even liberals that hate me say: "that's awful what they did".

The president has questioned whether the publication of the article was an act of treason.


The author said he tried but contends he was either stonewalled by Trump's inner circle or simply ignored.

Kim recently expressed his "unwavering faith" in Trump, and the USA president on Sunday praised the North Korean for a military parade that included no nuclear missiles. Of course, Woodward never spoke to Trump in advance about what is contained in the book.

Some political observers see the "Deep State" as the heir to the "military-industrial complex" warned about by former president Dwight D. Eisenhower.

Following the op-ed's release, White House press secretary Sarah Sanders tweeted: "The media's wild obsession with the identity of the anonymous coward is recklessly tarnishing the reputation of thousands of great Americans who proudly serve our country and work for President Trump".

Down Pennsylvania Avenue, House Speaker Paul Ryan said he did not know of any role Congress would have to investigate, though Republican Representative Mark Meadows of North Carolina, a Trump ally, said the legislative body could take part.

The president is displeased with White House Deputy Chief of Staff Bill Shine in particular because Trump thinks he wasn't able to push back the claims made in the expose.

United States tensions with North Korea have subsided since Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un met in Singapore June 12, 2018.

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