Trump calls Jeff Sessions and DOJ to investigate the NY-Op-ed writer

President Trump said identifying the anonymous author who wrote the New York Times op-ed was a matter of "national security". on Friday

President Donald Trump said Friday aboard Air Force One that Attorney General Jeff Sessions and his Justice Department should seek the identity of the "sick person" who wrote an anonymous spokesperson for the New York Times.

"I think so," he told reporters on the road from Montana to North Dakota, "because I think it's [about] National security.

"I would say that Jeff should investigate who was the author of that piece, because I really think it was national security."

Trump believes that the author without a name will not be without a name forever.

"Eventually the name of this sick person will come out," he said, adding, "Maybe it's nobody." Maybe the Times did it. Look, the Times uses false sources all the time.

Trump seemed very agitated about the possibility that someone with a security clearance may be willing to filter state secrets in the future.

President Trump said identifying the anonymous author who wrote the New York Times op-ed was a matter of "national security". on Friday

President Trump said identifying the anonymous author who wrote the New York Times op-ed was a matter of "national security". on Friday

"Suppose I have a high-level national security meeting and he has authorization," Trump reflected on his anonymous Judas, "and he goes to a high-level meeting on China, Russia or North Korea or something like that."

"I do not want it in those meetings," the president said. & # 39; Then let's see what happens. We are seeing it very strongly from a legal point of view. "

The president was in the air on his way from Billings, Montana to Fargo, North Dakota.

Speculation has raged since Wednesday about who could be the culprit in the draft versions, and three dozen members of Administration A have issued strong denials.

"Almost all high-level people have said that," Trump told reporters.

"You know, when you say that, and if it were you, you will be rejected for the rest of your life."

And he continued criticizing the Times, one of the newspapers he likes to hate most, for publishing what the White House called an anonymous "cowardly" slap.

"For someone who does that, it's very low, and I think journalistically, and from many different points of view, and maybe even from the point of view of national security," Trump criticized.

& # 39; We will discover that. For The New York Times to allow that to happen is shameful. "

The furious search for the high-ranking infiltrator who toppled President Trump in an anonymous opinion column heated up on Friday, after reports that Trump has a list of 12 suspects and even more denials from senior officials who said they did not.

The effort came when Trump launched a new attack on the explosive book by Bob Woodward, which reveals chaos in the White House and senior advisers who are quick to thwart the president's worst impulses. Trump said the book is not accurate because "I'm not talking about the way they quote me."

Virtually all of Trump's cabinet, including these famous faces, and the first lady, have declared that they are not responsible for the mysterious opinion piece.

Virtually all of Trump's cabinet, including these famous faces, and the first lady, have declared that they are not responsible for the mysterious opinion piece.

Virtually all of Trump's cabinet, including these famous faces, and the first lady, have declared that they are not responsible for the mysterious opinion piece.

Trump tweeted on Friday that "Woodward's book is a scam."

The president continued: "I'm not talking about the way they quote me, if I did, I would not have been elected president, these quotes were invented, the author uses every trick in the book to demean and belittle, I would like people to see the real facts, and our country is very well!

Kentucky Senator Rand Paul suggested lie detector tests for senior advisors on one of the most aggressive options to try to identify the author within his own administration, who accused Trump of having "off-the-rails" meetings, full of "repetitive discourses" that produce "half-cooked, ill-informed and occasionally imprudent decisions".

Another tactic that is floated is to force attendees to sign affidavits that say they were not behind the leaks.

FBI Director Chris Wray is the last senior official to deny being behind the devastating opinion piece, after Vice President Mike Pence and a series of senior cabinet secretaries and advisers said they did not.

The main aides have already been forced to sign confidentiality agreements, so it is not clear what additional weight an affidavit might have.

An outside adviser said the White House has reduced the list of suspects to only a dozen, the New York Times reported.

Trump's refutation of Woodward's book about the way he leaves in direct quotes cuts the author's unique methods of stories. In the advance of the book, Woodward notes that he has made hundreds of hours of interviews, conducted on "deep background."

Woodward writes in the advance of the book, which was obtained by DailyMail.com: "When I have attributed exact quotes, thoughts or conclusions to the participants, that information comes from the person, a colleague with direct knowledge, or from meeting notes, diaries personal, files and government or personal documents.

On Thursday, Trump attacked the "anonymous coward without courage" behind the trial, verbally hypocritical the word "anonymous" and twice destroying the pronunciation during his speech in Billings, Montana

On Thursday, Trump attacked the "anonymous coward without courage" behind the trial, verbally hypocritical the word "anonymous" and twice destroying the pronunciation during his speech in Billings, Montana

On Thursday, Trump attacked the "anonymous coward without courage" behind the trial, verbally hypocritical the word "anonymous" and twice destroying the pronunciation during his speech in Billings, Montana

The book contains numerous striking quotes from the president in private settings that show him in a different light from those who know his verbiage of public events.

For example, Trump unleashes a series of expletives when Jared Kushner and Steve Bannon ask him to cut a $ 50 million check for his campaign in a scene from the book.

"No way," Trump replied. & # 39; F *** that. I'm not doing it. Where is the money? Where is all this money from these [donor] Boys? Jared, you're supposed to raise all this money. IM not going to do it.

In a post-election scene in the book, Trump hits a trade agreement in South Korea, but uses his technical acronym in a way that would not be familiar in any Trump rally.

"I'm tired of these arguments!" Trump is quoted as saying in a meeting. & # 39; I do not want to hear more about that. We will leave KORUS.

Trump said Thursday that an anonymous opinion piece that hit him in the New York Times was an act of treason, stating something he has only written with a question mark so far.

The title used by the Times' opinion page, "a senior Trump administration official," could refer to hundreds of people.

"The Times should never have done that because what they've done is virtually, you know, it's betrayal, you could call it a lot," said the president in Billings, Montana.

Trump was being interviewed by Fox News Channel co-presenter Pete Hegseth, in a corner of the Rimrock Auto Arena, with a live audience of more than 10,000 people.

In his speech he criticized the "anonymous coward without courage" behind the essay, verbally hypocritical in the word "anonymous" and twice destroying the pronunciation.

"Nobody knows who the hell he or she is," he finally declared.

Trump repeated a challenge he had already issued to the Times on Twitter, demanding the author's head without a name on a tray.

"For the sake of our national security, The New York Times should publish his name immediately, I think his reporters should go and investigate who he is, that would be a good first, that would be a good first!" He said.

"At some point, all of this is going to be uncovered," Trump predicted, while warning of "unelected deep-state operatives" who have tried to take their government into their own hands in a soft stroke.

"And it's really bad and it's really dangerous," he said. "And it's really sad for the media."

The Trump winder met with unanimous applause. No protester raised his voice.

During his pre-program interview with Fox, he speculated on who could have written the piece, focusing on the people who work at a fairly low level & # 39; who may want to give the public a false picture of what is happening at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue.

Trump tweeted on Friday that Bob Woodward's book is a "scam" after saying that an anonymous opinion piece could be "betrayal".

Trump tweeted on Friday that Bob Woodward's book is a "scam" after saying that an anonymous opinion piece could be "betrayal".

Trump tweeted on Friday that Bob Woodward's book is a "scam" after saying that an anonymous opinion piece could be "betrayal".

Trump's top advisers have struggled to deny the opinion article in the Times on Wednesday that criticized the president's leadership style as impetuous, petty and ineffective.

Trump's top advisers have struggled to deny the opinion article in the Times on Wednesday that criticized the president's leadership style as impetuous, petty and ineffective.

Trump's top advisers have struggled to deny the opinion article in the Times on Wednesday that criticized the president's leadership style as impetuous, petty and ineffective.

"I do not care when they write a book and they make lies, because it's discredited," he said. & # 39; We just discredit the last & # 39;

But he admitted that he can not discredit & # 39; to the Times because he does not know who they are.

The culprit could be a non-Republican stalking in his administration, he suggested, or "it may be a person from the deep state who has been there for a long time."

The president had suggested an hour earlier that he would endeavor to identify the official who broke ranks to claim in the Times that a "resistance" of advisors is trying to subvert the president's worst instincts for the good of the country.

DailyMail.com asked him on the asphalt in Billings how he planned to discover the identity of the disloyal officer.

& # 39; Let's try it! & # 39; he shouted, over the noise of an Air Force member idling.

When Air Force One approached to land, Trump flexed his Twitter muscle in the direction of the Times, while one of the paper's star photographers sat on the plane.

"Will the New York Times investigative" journalists "investigate themselves? Who is the anonymous letter writer? He wrote.

Trump seemed content most of the day as he watched the drama of a mice hunt across Washington on television and Twitter, and consumed appreciatively the reports of cabinet members denying any involvement in the news bomb.

A White House official said in the afternoon that the president "would probably go there in Montana," anticipating a disappointment over the opinion article.

But the official did not predict Trump's willingness to send direct questions from the press about who was and who was not under suspicion.

Trump approached Marine One in South Lawn without approaching a group of waiting reporters. At Joint Base Andrews, he progressed methodically up the Air Force One staircase, never approaching a traveling press corps that shouted questions about how he would unmask his Judas from deep state.

And despite an almost four-hour flight to the upper plains, he did not go to the cabin in the aft cabin to talk: he was saving his rhetorical bullets for Fox News.

Non-Fox reporters were invited to a continuous broadcast of Fox on television screens as the network reported an increasingly long list of Cabinet officials and other members of Trump A who denied having anything to do with the trial. of the Times.

At one point, Fox filled his screen with a 32-sided grid, including Vice President Mike Pence, Ambassador to Russia Jon Huntsman, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Secretary of Defense James Mattis.

First Lady Melania Trump said in a statement: "For the writer of the oped, he is not protecting this country, he is sabotaging it with his cowardly actions."

Another White House official said on Thursday that West Wing aides could not wait for the president to leave the city, knowing he would "lower the building's blood pressure and give him a restart" in an atmosphere in which he stands out.

Trump held his rally in Montana in support of US Senate candidate Matt Rosendale, who is challenging Democratic incumbent Jon Tester.

He blames Tester for evading the nomination of his White House doctor to serve as secretary of Veterans Affairs. Dr. Ronny Jackson, a respected Admiral of the Navy, was forced to retire after Tester's accusations that he oversaw a "toxic" work environment, drank at work and prescribed medications in excess.

The president, who insisted that none of that was true, promised that Tester would finally have a "great price to pay in Montana."

Tester, said on Thursday, "never" will drain the swamp "because he lives in the swamp."

"Jon Tester speaks as if he were from Montana, but he votes as if he were Nancy Pelosi," he said, uniting the Democrat with one of the most liberal lamakers in the country.

Trump needed the rally to publicly shake his Etch-a-Sketch after a week of revelations that hit his team like a series of kidney strokes.

First came excerpts from the next journalist Bob Woodward & # 39; Fear & # 39 ;, which depicts the president as a poorly prepared and crude leader whose lack of impulse control prompted senior advisers to protect him from himself.

In one vignette, Woodward describes the then chief economic adviser, Gary Cohn, literally slipping a draft memorandum from the Resolute Table to thwart Trump's goal of ending a crucial Korean trade deal.

Knocking down the long-standing agreement would have introduced uncertainty in Washington's relationship with Seoul and could have jeopardized the United States' use of South Korean real estate for an ambitious missile detection program.

The internal repercussions of the Cohn case in the west wing had barely passed from panic to simple shock when The New York Times twisted the knife.

The publication of the unsigned opinion article on Wednesday, which according to the Times was written by a senior administration official, yielded a variation on the same subject.

His central claim is that a clique of advisors who winks and winks at an eye believe that his main mission is to save the republic from Trump's closed hands.

"Many of the top officials of their own administration are working diligently from within to thwart parts of their agenda and their worst inclinations," according to the unidentified writer.

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