Trump calls on Sessions to investigate anonymous NYT op-ed

Trump calls on Sessions to investigate anonymous NYT op-ed

Trump calls on Sessions to investigate anonymous NYT op-ed

The anonymous piece in The New York Times (NYT) said "a quiet resistance" within the Trump administration was working to thwart some of the president's "worst inclinations".

James Dao, who runs the Times op-ed page, told CNN he received the article through an intermediary several days ago, calling the timing of piece's publication and the Woodward book "a coincidence".

White House officials did not respond to requests to elaborate on Trump's call for the writer to be turned over to the government or on the unsupported national security grounds of his demand. He and Trump have had a deteriorating relationship, with the president repeatedly and publicly faulting him for the course of the Russian Federation probe, from which Sessions recused himself - ultimately leading to the appointment of a special counsel.

President Donald Trump on Friday slammed investigative journalist Bob Woodward's damning portrayal of the inner workings of the U.S. president's administration as a "scam", alleging that it includes made-up quotes.

Trump also said he was considering taking action against the Times, whose shares moved briefly lower after his comments were made public.

The draft letter is just one document reproduced in Woodward's latest work, "Fear: Trump in the White House", which available in bookstores September 11.

Mr Trump was incensed over the column, and called confidants to vent about the author, solicit guesses as to his or her identity and fume that a "deep state" within the administration was conspiring against him.

"We fully recognise what is happening".

First lady Melania Trump issued a statement backing her husband.

"Speculation that The New York Times op-ed was written by me or my Principal Deputy is patently false".

-Associated Press writer Zeke Miller. "Our office is above such amateur acts", Pence's spokesperson said in a tweet Thursday.

White House spokeswoman Sarah Sanders branded the piece "pathetic, reckless, and selfish" and condemned the Times for publishing it. "None of them voted for a gutless, anonymous source to the failing New York Times".

"We're going to take a look at what he had, what he gave, what he's talking about, also where he is right now", Trump said.

Earlier this week the Justice Department said is set a meeting with state attorneys general to discuss concerns social media platforms are stifling conservative voices.

The official described a "resistance" inside the administration and said aides were working to thwart the president's decisions when they deemed them misguided or potentially harmful to the nation.

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