Trump calls for Justice Department to investigate author of Times op-ed

09 September, 2018, 16:40 | Author: Essie Rivera
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"I think it is national security". "We're going to see, I'm looking at that right now", he said.

"Eventually the name of this sick person will come out", Trump said about the author, while also offering up the option that the writer does not exist.

Trump has already demanded that the newspaper release the identity of the author, and wondered if the publication amounts to treason.

"It only happened yesterday", he said in response to a question. "They're not doing us a favor by actively promoting 90% of the insane stuff coming out of this White House and saying, 'Don't worry, we're preventing the other 10%'".

"Our libel laws are pathetic", he said.

Former FBI Director James Comey has said Trump asked him to go easy on former national security adviser Michael Flynn, an allegation that Mueller is scrutinizing.

"This to me is a signal that there's nothing there with Russia in terms of the president working with the Russians during his campaign", Graham said.

Calling the author an "anonymous coward" and a "gutless loser", Sanders tweeted the opinion desk's phone number, urging Trump supporters to ask about the identity of the writer, who criticised Trump's "amorality" and poor management skills.

Vice-president Mike Pence is one of many senior officials who have denied writing the piece. "My anonymous colleague should have, too".

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For someone who really, really hates anonymous sources, even as he himself has played a similar role on his own behalf, President Donald Trump sure has a hard time pronouncing the word. "That somebody is allowed to do that is very sad commentary", he said.

"Let's assume it's a person with a security clearance".

In an internal email on Friday, the Times told employees that the company would be modifying security measures due to the backlash from the op-ed.

Rand Paul (R-KY), who suggests the President force administration officials to take lie detector tests.

Hassett seemed to be echoing Trump's suggestion that the essay was fraudulent.

Meanwhile, the New York Times said in a statement: "We're confident that the Department of Justice understands that the First Amendment protects all American citizens and that it would not participate in such a blatant abuse of government power".

"It is very, very important that whoever released that go to jail, because you can not have members of the intelligence community listening to the most private and highly classified information and then releasing that to The New York Times", Paul said. "We fully recognise what is happening".

On the defensive over damning accounts of the inner workings of his administration, Donald Trump set out on Friday (Sep 7) to discredit the testimony that cast doubt on his ability to lead the United States.

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