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

The official said there were a number of USA officials who were part of an "quiet resistance" inside the administration who was "working diligently from within to frustrate parts of his agenda and his worst inclinations".

President Donald Trump says Attorney General Jeff Sessions should investigate the identity of the author of an anonymous New York Times opinion piece.

Trump has spoken and written about the piece several times since its publication Wednesday.

The theory that Mr Pence wrote the article largely stems from the use of the word "lodestar", a term meaning "star that leads or guides" and one which the vice-president has frequently used.

"Anyone who would write an anonymous editorial smearing this President, who's provided extraordinary leadership for this country, should not be working for this administration", Vice President Mike Pence told reporters.

Let's just hope this saga doesn't end like this.

But the speculation over the author's identity was not limited to the White House - much of Washington was also buzzing with rumours and speculation. Aboard Air Force One today, Trump told reporters he wasn't sure if he'll be taking action against the paper. "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". Trump has even suggested the writer may have committed treason and demanded the Times turn him over as a matter of national security.

Late Wednesday night and throughout the day Thursday, senior administration officials put out statements denying authorship.

The Times took what it called the rare step of publishing an opinion column by the official under an agreement to keep the author's name secret.

They lined up to deny writing an incendiary New York Times opinion piece that was purportedly submitted by a member of an administration "resistance" movement straining to thwart Trump's most unsafe impulses.

Trump called Woodward's new work "fiction".

All of this has led to what appears to be a frenzied search by the White House to determine the mystery writer, with Trump's advisers reportedly weighing administering lie detector tests to figure out who among them was the author - an idea raised publicly Thursday by Sen.

"Trump shows a preference for autocrats and dictators, such as President Vladimir Putin of Russian Federation and North Korea's leader, Kim Jong-un, and displays little genuine appreciation for the ties that bind us to allied nations".

  • Joey Payne