White House narrows search for anonymous op-ed writer

That evening, he questioned on Twitter whether the senior official even exists or if the Times was using "another phony source".

President Donald Trump said he wants Attorney General Jeff Sessions to find out who wrote an anonymous op-ed published by the.

Trump cited "national security" in an interview with reporters aboard Air Force One as he called on Attorney General Jeff Sessions to open an investigation to unmask the author.

"I think so", Trump replied. We have done so at the request of the author, a senior official in the Trump administration whose identity is known to us and whose job would be jeopardized by its disclosure. He echoed that Friday.

"For the Justice Department to investigate, you need a good-faith belief that a federal statute has been violated, and I can't think of a law that would be violated by sharing information - that is not classified - in an Op-Ed", said Barbara L. McQuade, a former United States attorney for the Eastern District of MI.

Trump said that it is a disgrace that somebody can publish an anonymous article.

Winston Churchill famously said that one should never let a good crisis go to waste and it seems US President Donald Trump may be taking his advice.

The writer said staff were alarmed by the President's behaviour and that there was a resistance movement within the administration working to undermine him.

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"Our libel laws should be toughened up so you can't do that", he said.

Trump's lawyers and supporters have argued that as president he is empowered not only to hire and fire whomever he chooses but that he can also inject himself into law enforcement matters.

"It shouldn't be Democratic or Republican to say we don't target certain groups of people based on what they look like or how they pray". "If we're going to meet, it's got to be a fair meeting".

Lawyers for Trump have been negotiating over a potential interview with Mueller's team since previous year in the USA investigation of Russian meddling in the election, which Moscow denies.

"There was no talking to Russian Federation". 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.

"I'm not making that up". I didn't receive phone calls.

"I don't want him in those meetings", Mr. Trump said.

Graham said he thinks the op-ed is s a new line of attack from the left because there's no evidence to prove Trump has colluded with the Russians.

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