Republican Senator Rand Paul suggested that President Donald Trump use a lie detector test to find out which White House official wrote an anonymous opinion piece from the New York Times.
Paul made the suggestion as 32 staff members deny that they were the "senior official" of the Trump administration who wrote an article for the Times stating that there is resistance within the White House and officials were working "from within" to thwart the Trump's most dangerous impulses.
"It is not unprecedented to ask people with security clearance if they are revealing things against the law under oath and also by means of a lie detector," Paul said.
"We use the lie detector test routinely for CIA agents and FBI agents," he added. "If you have a security clearance in the White House, I think it would be acceptable to use a lie detector test and ask people if they are leading the media against White House policy."
Republican Senator Rand Paul says Trump should use lie detector tests to find the senior official who wrote the New York Times opinion piece
Senator Elizabeth Warren on Thursday urged the anonymous writer to stop hiding and to remove Trump if they believe he is an unfit president.
The New York Times op-ed provoked a furious response from President Donald Trump on Thursday
32 senior White House officials have now denied their participation in the Times op-ed
Paul also expressed concern about whether the investigator could reveal national security secrets to the media, but said he does not believe Congress should get involved and investigate.
"We have to get to the bottom," he said.
While Paul thinks the lie detector tests are the best route to find the fugitive, Senator Elizabeth Warren on Thursday urged the anonymous writer to stop hiding and to remove Trump if they believe he is an unfit president.
In a fundraising email on Thursday, the Massachusetts Democrat wrote: "They should stop hiding behind anonymous publishers and leak information to Bob Woodward" and "do what the Constitution requires them to do: invoke Amendment 25 and remove to this president of the office. & # 39;
An avalanche of denials has poured in after dozens and dozens of senior officials publicly deny their participation in the opinion piece. According to CNN, the statements of his administration are being printed and delivered to Trump.
One official said that Trump is reading each statement carefully.
The denials have been quick and definitive since the president measures the strength of such responses as part of his proofs of loyalty.
Earlier on Thursday, First Lady Melania Trump joined the list of those who denied writing the opinion article, as the incendiary trial became a total crisis for the Trump Administration.
"Freedom of expression is an important pillar of our nation's founding principles and press freedom is important for our democracy, and the press must be fair, impartial and responsible," the first lady said in a statement.
"Unidentified sources have become the majority of the voices that people hear on today's news … People without names are writing the history of our nation." Words are important and accusations can lead to serious consequences. a person is brave enough to accuse people of negative actions, have the responsibility to publicly defend their words and people have the right to defend themselves, "he added.
She concluded: "For the writer of the oped, you are not protecting this country, you are sabotaging it with your cowardly actions".
He joined Vice President Mike Pence, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and a number of prominent figures who flatly denied writing the opinion piece about the "resistance" whose publication provoked a furious response from Trump.
In addition, all cabinet secretaries, along with other senior advisors, have denied authorship, since Trump has launched a massive hunt for the author behind the scandalous piece.
Melania Trump denies the authorship of the New York Times opinion article and condemns the anonymous author
"The vice president puts his name in his opinion pieces," Pence's office said in a tweet that denied that he was the writer
Reports indicate that the president is becoming increasingly paranoid about who he can trust after the essay and the book by Washington Post journalist Bob Woodward.
WHO IS DENIED AUTHORITY
First Lady Melania Trump
Vice President Mike Pence
Secretary of State Mike Pompeo
Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats
Secretary of the Department of National Security Kirstjen Nielsen
Secretary of Housing and Urban Development Ben Carson
Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos
Secretary of Defense James Mattis
Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin
Attorney General Jeff Sessions
White House Advisor Don McGahn
Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross
Secretary of Health Services and Human Services Alex Azar
Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke
Energy Secretary Rick Perry
Secretary of Transportation Elaine Chao
Secretary of the Department of Labor, Alexander Acosta
Secretary of Veterans Affairs Robert Wilkie
Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue
UN Ambassador Nikki Haley
The United States Ambassador to Russia, Jon Huntsman
Director of the CIA Gina Haspel
The president of the Federal Trade Commission, Joe Simons
Director of the Office of Management and Budget Mick Mulvaney
President of the Federal Communications Commission Ajit Pai
EPA Interim Administrator Andrew Wheeler
White House consultant Kellyanne Conway
United States Trade Representative Ambassador Robert Lighthizer
Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security Kirstjen Nielsen, Secretary of Housing and Urban Development Ben Carson, Secretary of Defense James Mattis, Secretary of the Treasury Steve Mnuchin, Attorney General Jeff Sessions, Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross, Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke, Secretary Transportation Elaine Chao, Health and Human Services Secretary of Services Alex Azar, Secretary of the Department of Labor Alexander Acosta, Secretary of Veterans Affairs Robert Wilkie, Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue, Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos, Secretary of Energy Rick Perry, Acting Administrator of the EPA Andrew Wheeler and First Lady spokeswoman Stephanie Grisham deny authorship of The Times piece.
White House ambassadors Don McGahn and Kellyanne Conway, UN Ambassador to Russia Jon Huntsman, CIA Director Gina Haspel, Federal Trade Commission President Joe Simons, Director of Administration and Budget Mick Mulvaney and the Federal Communications Commission also denied its authorship President Ajit Pai.
The White House press secretary, Sarah Sanders, is criticizing the game of who wrote it in Washington D.C., advising the media to "stop. & # 39;
"The wild obsession of the media 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." Stop: If you want to know who this senseless loser is, call NYT opinion counter that fails at 212-556-1234 and ask them, they are the only accomplices in this deceptive act, we stand united and fully support our President Donald J. Trump, "he said in a statement posted on his account. Twitter
Pence's refusal was especially notable after online speculations about who wrote the piece that was reduced to the vice president, which makes the odds of being the author the favorite.
Jarrod Agen, deputy chief of staff and director of communications for Pence, tweeted that the vice president "puts his name in his opinion articles."
"The @nytimes should be ashamed, and so should the person who wrote the false, illogical and contentless opinion piece, our office is above such amateur acts," Agen wrote Thursday morning.
Pompeo told reporters during a visit to India that it was not him either.
"It's not mine," he said, according to the Associated Press.
Sonny Perdue (left) and Steven Mnuchin also said they were not involved
Trump says that a "deep state" is working against him
"I come from a place where, if you are not in a position to execute the intention of the commander, you have a unique option, is to leave," Pompeo added.
Coats published a statement in which he denied that he or his assistant had written the piece.
"The speculation that the New York Times op-ed was written by me or my Principal Deputy is obviously false, we did not do it, since the beginning of our term, we have insisted that the entire IC remain focused on our mission of providing to the president and legislators the best possible intelligence, "he said.
The US trade representative, Ambassador Robert Lighthizer, told CNN in a statement that he did not write it and that it does not reflect his views.
& # 39; I did not write it. It does not reflect my points of view, and does not reflect the views of anyone I know in the Administration. It's a complete and total fabrication, "said Lighthizer.
& # 39; @ stevenmnuchin1 has the honor of serving @POTUS and the American people. Feel that it was irresponsible for @nytimes to print this anonymous piece. Now, worthy public servants are forced to deny being the source. It's ridiculous to think that this could come from the secretary, "tweeted Treasury Department spokesman Tony Sayegh for Steven Mnuchin.
"Secretary Nielsen focuses on leading the men and women of DHS and protecting the homeland, not writing anonymous and false pieces of opinion for the New York Times This type of political attack is below the Secretary and the mission of the Department" said press secretary Tyler Q. Houlton.
A spokesman for Carson simply said, "Haha, no." about whether the secretary of housing and urban development was the writer.
Trump is trying to learn the name of the author of the anonymous piece and has a printed list of everyone's statement on the matter
A Pentagon spokesman denied that it was Mattis. "It was not his opinion piece," spokesman Dana White said.
A spokesman for the Justice Department told CNN Sessions that he was not the author either.
Energy Secretary Rick Perry tweeted that he did not write the piece.
"I am not the author of the New York Times OpEd, nor do I agree with their characterizations, hiding behind anonymity and smearing the President of the United States does not make you an" unrecognized hero ", it makes you a coward, unworthy of to serve this Nation, "he wrote.
PLACE YOUR BETS ON WHOM THE OP-ED WROTE
Online bookmakers rushed to capitalize on Washington D.C.'s frenzy. about who could be the & # 39; high official & # 39; Anonymous behind the article of & # 39; resistance & # 39; of the New York Times.
The brokers of www.actionnetwork.com They are :
Mike Pence 60.0% (-150)
Betsy DeVos 33.3% (+200)
Mike Pompeo 20.0% (+400)
Steven Mnuchin 20.0% (+400)
John Kelly 20.0% (+400)
Jim Mattis 16.7% (+500)
Jeff Sessions 16.7% (+500)
Ryan Zinke 14.3% (+600)
Sonny Perdue 14.3% (+600)
Wilbur Ross 12.5% (+700)
Alex Acosta 12.5% (+700)
Alex Azar 11.1% (+800)
Ben Carson 11.1% (+800)
Robert Wilkie 11.1% (+800)
Kirstjen Nielsen 9.1% (+1000)
Ivanka Trump 7.7% (+1200)
Jared Kushner 7.7% (+1200)
Stephen Miller 6.3% (+1500)
The DeVos press department tweeted that the education secretary does not play with the Washington insider's games.
& # 39; @ BetsyDeVosED is not a connoisseur of Washington and does not play secret games in Washington. She has the courage of her convictions and signs her opinions. She is not the author of the @nytimes op-ed anonymous, "they wrote.
Who wrote the piece has become Washington's new guessing game and even the president is playing.
Within the west wing on Wednesday, senior officials canceled afternoon meetings to begin the search process, the Wall Street Journal reported.
Some staff members even called the journalists to ask if they knew who had written the piece.
When it comes to negative stories involving the west wing, the president analyzes how energetically helpers respond to them.
A friend of Trump told the Washington Post that the president believes he can only trust his children.
The president reacted to the Times issue with "volcanic" anger and was "absolutely livid," The Post reported.
Trump suspects that the author works on national security issues or at the Department of Justice.
A senior government official told Politico that the White House is in "total crisis" over the opinion article.
And the president is publicly expressing his frustration over the fact that his own administration is working against him, affirming again that he is a victim of the "deep state".
"The deep State and the left, and their vehicle, the fake news media, are going crazy, and they do not know what to do," he wrote on Twitter on Thursday morning.
The New York Times opinion piece describes the president as "impetuous, adversary, petty and ineffective" and says that the author is part of an organized "resistance" whose goal is "to preserve our democratic institutions while they are frustrated." [President] The most mistaken impulses of Trump until he is out of the office.
A few hours after its publication, Wednesday's online chat quickly focused on Pence as observers focused on a line describing the late Senator John McCain as "a polar star to restore honor in public life and our national dialogue. "
That word – lodestar – is a favorite of the vice president. But a senior White House official told DailyMail.com that the suspicions are not focused on him or anyone in his office after a frank discussion among the senior staff of the vice president.
The official suspect & # 39; lodestar & # 39; It was included intentionally in the opinion article to get the journalists out of oblivion.
The term means & a star that guides or guides & # 39; or & # 39; serves as inspiration, model or guide & # 39;
Trump himself called the screenwriter & # 39; gutless & # 39; and called on the newspaper to reveal identity in the name of national security. In an online introduction, the Times says that the author's identity is known to us and the person's work would be compromised by its disclosure. We believe that publishing this essay anonymously is the only way to offer an important perspective to our readers. "
"Is there really the so-called 'senior administration official', or is it simply The Failing New York Times with another fake source?" Trump tweeted hours after the newspaper published a brutal opinion essay. which, according to the newspaper, was written by one of its senior officials.
"If the anonymous GUTLESS person exists, the Times must, for reasons of national security, deliver it to the government immediately."
Who wrote the opinion article of the New York Times & # 39; Trump & # 39; resistance & # 39 ;?
Pence speaks by mobile phone before attending the Republican politics luncheon in Washington DC on September 5
Mike Pence – NEGA
Detectives perfected the word & lodestar & # 39 ;, a favorite of the vice president. The author of the editorial described the late Senator John McCain as "a polar star to restore honor in public life and in our national dialogue."
Others suggested that the word, which means the guiding star of a ship, could have been included deliberately to get the journalists off the trail.
This was the verdict of a senior White House official who spoke with Dailymail.com. He said that the suspicions are not focused on him or anyone in his office after a frank discussion among the senior staff of the vice president.
Pence has never criticized Trump in public. Writing the opinion article almost certainly will ruin any future offer for a high position. And your communications director he has publicly denied it, saying that Pence would always sign his own work.
If & # 39; lodestar & # 39; it was not an intentional red harangue, others speculated, the suspicion could fall on Pence's speech writer.
But the use of the word VP goes back at least to 2001. Ford, a young rising star in Washington's conservative circles, was in third grade that year.
Mattis gesticulates during a press conference at the Pentagon on May 19, 2017
James Mattis – NEGA
The Secretary of Defense, despite being a favorite of Trump, has repeatedly sounded in disagreement with the commander-in-chief while discussing NATO, Russia and military strategy.
During an episode of Bob Woodward's recent book, "Fear," Trump questioned the ability of US early warning systems. UU In Alaska to identify a nuclear attack by North Korea.
It is said that Mattis instructed him. "We are doing this to avoid World War III," he said.
According to reports, the Pentagon chief told his colleagues after the incident that Trump had the mental capacity of "a fifth or sixth grade student."
Mattis has denied the version, saying in a statement: "The derogatory words about the president that are attributed to me in Woodward's book were never uttered by me or in my presence."
A Pentagon spokesman denied writing the Times article. "It was not his opinion piece," spokesman Dana White said.
Kelly at the White House on August 20
The White House chief of staff was also cited in Woodward's book for calling Trump an "idiot."
& # 39; There is no point in trying to convince him of anything. It has left the tracks, "he said supposedly.
& # 39; We're in Crazytown. I do not even know why any of us are here. This is the worst job I have ever had. "
Kelly denied making the statements, in a statement issued by the White House.
"The idea that I once called the president is not true, in fact it's the exact opposite," he said. "This is a pathetic attempt to defame people close to President Trump and distract him from his many successes."
The sessions talk about immigration and law enforcement at Lackawanna College on June 15, 2018
Jeff Sessions – NEGA
The attorney general has a reason to injure his boss after Trump punished him repeatedly in public for having withdrawn from the Russian investigation.
And he has been released from Sessions for the charges brought by the Justice Department against two Republican members in Congress, complaining that the accusations hurt the incumbents and jeopardized the ability of the Republican Party to retain its majority in the House.
The president also compared Sessions unfavorably with the FBI director who fired, & # 39; Lyin & # 39; James Comey, saying that they had become martyrs of the same lawmakers who despised them after resisting the president's orders.
Woodward writes that Sessions called Trump "mentally retarded," which also encountered severe denial.
A spokesman for the Justice Department denies that Sessions has written the opinion article of the NYT.
Coats addresses the Aspen Security Forum in Colorado on July 19
Dan Coats – NEGA
The director of national intelligence also deviated from Trump's loyal line.
When informed of the president's plan to invite Vladimir Putin to the White House, Coats angered the president by saying: "That's going to be special."
He later "clarified" his comments, made during an interview at the Aspen Institute's safety forum in Colorado, saying that his response "was in no way intended to be disrespectful or to criticize the president's actions."
Trump received strong criticism from Republicans and Democrats for his summit with Putin in Helsinki, Finland, where he seemed reluctant to blame Russia for meddling in the 2016 US presidential election.
Coats published a statement in which he denied that he or his assistant had written the piece.
McGahn is interviewed at a conference in Gaylord, Maryland, on February 22
The White House lawyer plans to leave the White House in the fall, so he should not fear the consequences of the exposure as an anti-Trumper secret.
He has also confronted the president in the past.
This includes rejecting an order to dismiss Robert Mueller, who oversees the Russian investigation that Trump describes as a "witch hunt."
McGahn risked the president's anger by spending 30 hours in interviews with Mueller's team on three separate occasions.
Melania and Ivanka observe before the first debate between Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton in Hempstead, New York
Melania or Ivanka? – MELANIA DENIED
The first lady is an unlikely candidate for the authorship of the Times essay.
Twitter commentators pointed out that she had already been accused of telegraphing coded messages that gave public indications of opposition to her husband's policies.
This included wearing a jacket that said, "I do not really care, right?" when they visit shelters for illegal immigrant children.
Melania Trump denied the authorship on Thursday, saying in a statement: "For the writer of the oped, he is not protecting this country, he is sabotaging it with his cowardly actions."
Ivanka Trump said earlier that she would work to ensure that her voice was heard through her father's policies, but apparently she did not, especially in the case of family separations along the border between Mexico and the United States, which she opposed "vehemently".
Her husband, Jared, is a senior advisor and may also be involved, but it is very likely that anyone in Trump's family will sell him.