Pence speaks by mobile phone before attending the Republican politics luncheon in Washington DC on September 5
Mike Pence –
Detectives perfected the word & lodestar & # 39 ;, a favorite of the vice president. Recently, he described the late 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.
In addition, Pence has never criticized Trump in public and writing the opinion article almost certainly would ruin any future offer for a high office.
Stephen Ford –
If the use of lodestar was not a trick, others said, then maybe the suspicion could fall on Pence's speech writer.
Mattis gesticulates during a press conference at the Pentagon on May 19, 2017
James Mattis –
The Secretary of Defense, despite having been 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, Trump questioned the usefulness of EE's 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.
It is said that the Pentagon chief told colleagues after the incident that Trump had the mental capacity of "a fifth or sixth grader."
On Tuesday, Mattis denied the version, saying in a statement of his own: "The derogatory words about the president that are attributed to me in Woodward's book were never uttered by me or in my presence."
Kelly at the White House on August 20
John Kelly –
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 –
The Attorney General has a motive, having been repeatedly barracked by Trump to recuse himself from the Russian investigation.
Just this week he relieved him on charges the Justice Department brought against two Republican members sitting in recent days, complaining that the allegations hurt the incumbents and endangered the Republican Party's position in the House.
The president also compared Sessions unfavorably to the FBI director who fired, & # 39; Lyin & # 39; James Comey, saying that they would become martyrs of the same legislators who had previously despised them after resisting Trump's orders.
This week, the Attorney General also discovered that the president had called him "mentally retarded," according to Woodward. Trump denied having said this.
Coats addresses the Aspen Security Forum in Colorado on July 19
Dan Coats –
The director of national intelligence, also appeared as a candidate, having previously deviated from the Trump line.
When informed of the president's plan to invite Vladimir Putin to the White House, Coats said: "That's going to be special," a comment that angered Trump.
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 was harshly criticized by both Republicans and Democrats for his summit last Monday in Helsinki, Finland, with Putin, when he seemed reluctant to blame Russia for meddling in the 2016 US presidential election.
McGahn is interviewed at a conference in Gaylord, Maryland, on February 22
Don McGahn –
The White House lawyer plans to leave the White House in the fall so he does not fear the consequences of being exposed as the author.
He also faced Trump in the past.
This includes rejecting his order to fire Robert Mueller, who is overseeing an investigation into alleged Russian interference that the president describes as a "witch hunt."
In fact, McGahn has risked the president's anger by spending 30 hours in interviews with Mueller's team on three separate occasions in less than a year.
As with all theories about the author's identity, it is based on conjecture rather than solid facts.
Melania and Ivanka observe before the first debate between Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton in Hempstead, New York
… Melania or Ivanka? –
The first lady was another (unlikely) candidate.
Twitter commentators said she had been accused of sending several coded messages expressing opposition to her husband's policies.
This included wearing a jacket that said, "I do not really care, right?" when visiting shelters for migrant children.
Meanwhile, Ivanka said earlier that she would work to make her voice heard through her father, but apparently she did not, especially in the case of family separations, to which she objected "vehemently."
Her husband, Jared, is a principal advisor and could also be involved, some have said. That said, the idea that the writer comes from the Trump family seems unlikely.