President Trump is accepting claims that there is a so-called "deep state" within the government that has its own agenda that goes against theirs while it rages against the anonymous federal official behind a biting New York Times opinion piece.
"Deep State and Left, and their vehicle, Fake News Media, are going crazy, and they do not know what to do," he said in a tweet Thursday morning. "The economy is booming like never before, jobs are in historic Highs, then TWO Supreme Court justices and maybe declassification to find additional corruption.
The unknown official, whom Trump also suggested was guilty of treason, claims to represent the "stable state" that is preventing the United States from collapsing.
President Trump and the White House have rebuked the mysterious writer for being "cowardly" and "cowardly", a person "probably failing" and working in the Trump administration "for all the wrong reasons."
President Trump embraced the claims that there is a so-called "deep state" within the government that has its own agenda that goes against his while he was enraged against the anonymous federal official behind a New York Times editorial.
Trump appeared to be focusing on the Justice Department as the source of the unusual opinion column when on Thursday he threatened to declassify the documents associated with the FBI operation to pursue the meddling of Russian elections.
Republicans say an order to spy on Carter Page, a redacted version that the court published in an unprecedented disclosure, was based on fraudulent information, including the record of dirt that compiled a former British spy against Trump.
Trump has called the investigation that the "special witch hunt" has been transformed into the special council and has worked to dismiss almost everyone involved.
Some Republicans have argued that a "deep state" within the security forces and the national security of the US government is working to undermine Trump.
The person known only to The Times who wrote an opinion piece on Wednesday reinforced the idea.
"It can be a cold comfort in this chaotic era, but Americans should know that there are adults in the room, we fully recognize what is happening, and we are trying to do the right thing even when Donald Trump does not."
The writer said: "This is not the work of the so-called deep state." It is the work of the steady state & # 39;
Trump said on Twitter Wednesday that he believes that admissions in the opinion article rise to the level of treason.
The hunt was for the senior official behind the anonymous opinion piece in the New York Times that called Trump "amoral" when the president demanded the author's paper name for "reasons of national security."
The White House's top aides canceled the meetings to present a list of about a dozen people who suspect they wrote the incendiary piece, according to The Washington Post.
When the officers launched the fight back, Trump announced on Twitter that he was "draining the swamp". but the swamp is fighting. "Do not worry, let's win!" he added. The president reacted to the column with "volcanic anger" and was "absolutely furious" for what he considered an act of treason, two sources told the Post.
Earlier, he unleashed a searing attack on the New York Times and questioned whether there really is a senior White House official behind an anonymous opinion piece published on Wednesday.
"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."
An hour earlier, Trump tweeted a single word: "TREASON?"
A mysterious senior adviser to President Donald Trump attacked him anonymously in The New York Times on Wednesday, and the president rejected a tirade about the paper's veil of secrecy and the assistant who betrayed him.
When the officers launched the fight back, Trump announced on Twitter that he was "draining the swamp". but the swamp is fighting. "Do not worry, let's win!" he added
Trump unleashed a tumultuous Twitter and questioned whether there really is a senior White House official behind an anonymous opinion piece.
The president tweeted a single word to summarize his inclinations about the essay
The Times wrote that & # 39; he & # 39; – Identifying the author as a man – is part of a resistance movement of the White House whose objective is to subvert the president's worst impulses to save the country.
The opinion article describes the president as "impetuous, adversary, insignificant and ineffective" in the way he manages the government, and says that the author is part of an organized "resistance" whose objective is "to preserve our democratic institutions while they are frustrated. " [President] The most mistaken impulses of Trump until he is out of the office.
During a White House event with a group of sheriffs, Trump called the opinion screen & # 39; gutless & # 39; and suggested that the writer is probably … failing and probably here for all the wrong reasons.
Lynne Patton, HUD officer and former party planner for Trump, claimed on Instagram that the escape will be easily found.
"It's not a novelty for anyone with half the brain that" Never Trumpers "has been used from the beginning on our walls," he wrote. & # 39; And yes, we know who are ALL, including this author & # 39;
Separately, White House press secretary Sarah Sanders said in a statement that the essay was "pathetic, reckless and selfish" and challenged the Times to "issue an apology."
"This is just another example of the concerted effort of the liberal media to discredit the president," he said.
Sanders said the unnamed writer chose to "cheat, rather than support, the duly elected President of the United States, he is not putting the country first, but putting himself and his ego above the will of the American people. This coward should do the right thing and resign. "
But Trump also focused on the "dishonest media", specifically the Times, a newspaper that, according to him, "is failing" despite the constant growth of subscribers since he took office.
& # 39; The New York Times is failing. If I were not here, I think The New York Times probably would not even exist, "he said, adding," They do not like Donald Trump and I do not like them because they are very dishonest people. & # 39;
The Times described the move Wednesday as "weird", leaving open the possibility that its editorial board has masked the names of opinion writers in the past.
The identity of the mysterious scribe, the new & # 39; Deep Throat & # 39; from Washington, it will become the subject of Twitterati cocktails and detectives talk for weeks.
But in a tweet, the Times described the person as a man, saying that "he and the others" are working together behind the scenes at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue.
A spokeswoman for The Times later told Business Insider that the pronoun was a mistake that should not be read as a clue.
"Top opinion editors know the identity of the official, as we noted in our editor's note," Danielle Ha said in an email. & # 39; The tweet was written by someone who does not know the author's identity, including gender, so the use of & # 39; He was a mistake & # 39;
"Lodestar", a word that Vice President Mike Pence is fond of using in speeches and on television, appeared in the mysterious opinion article, leading some to conclude that he wrote it; but a senior White House official said hello and his office was not under suspicion
Wednesday's online chat quickly focused on Vice President Mike Pence as linguistic analysts focused on a line describing the late Sen. John McCain as a "polar star" to restore honor in public life and in our dialogue. National & # 39;
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.
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. "
The essay describes a "silent resistance" that, by its very nature, has been kept secret, but is not designed to bring down Trump, only to stop his worst impulses.
"Ours is not the popular resistance on the left," writes the author. "We want the administration to be successful and we believe that many of its policies have already made the United States safer. and more prosperous. "
"But we believe that our first duty is to this country, and the president continues to act in a manner detrimental to the health of our republic."
Then, instead of risking the invocation of Amendment 25 of the Constitution, the prescribed route to remove a president, boasts that we will do what we can to steer the administration in the right direction until, one way or another, it's over & # 39;
The guessing game is underway, and every named Trump man is suspicious
The Times struggled to keep the author's name secret, but his social media staff eliminated half of the population with the word & # 39; he & # 39;
Highlights: the hottest quotes in Bob Woodward's book
WHAT THEY SAID ABOUT TRUMP:
JOHN KELLY, HEAD OF STAFF: & # 39; It's an idiot. There is no point in trying to convince him of anything. He has left the tracks. We are in Crazytown. I do not even know why any of us are here. This is the worst job I have ever had. "
JAMES MATTIS, SECRETARY OF DEFENSE: # 5 or 6th grade & # 39;
REX TILLERSON, OLD SECRETARY OF STATE: & # 39; It's an idiot f *** & # 39;
JOHN DOWN, OLD PERSONAL ATTORNEY: & # 39; F *** ing liar & # 39;
JOHN DOWD ABOUT HOW THE TRANSCRIPTION OF A MUELLER INTERVIEW WOULD BE DESCRIBED BY FOREIGN LEADERS: I told you I was an idiot. I told you it was a damn dumbbell. What are we dealing with this idiot for?
GARY COHN, OLD CHIEF ECONOMIC ADVISER: & # 39; A professional liar & # 39;
ROB PORTER, OLD SECRETARY OF PERSONNEL WHO LEFT WHEN BOTH EX-WIVES CHARGED ABUSE: "One third of my work was trying to react to some of the really dangerous ideas I had and try to give them reasons to believe that maybe they were not those good ideas. & # 39;
WHAT THEY SAID ONE TO THE OTHER:
STEVE BANNON TO IVANKA TRUMP: "You're just a good member of staff! You walk through this place and act like you're in charge, and you're not, you're on staff!
IVANKA TRUMP FOR STEVE BANNON: & # 39; I'm not an employee! I will never be a staff member. I am the first daughter and I will never be employed!
JOHN KELLY TO GARY COHN: "If that were me, I would have taken that letter of resignation and put it in its ** six different moments."
DOWD TO ROBERT MUELLER: He just invented something. That is his nature & # 39;
WHAT THROMPER SAID ABOUT THEM:
BARACK OBAMA: Weak d ** k & # 39;
RUDY GIULIANI, PERSONAL ATTORNEY: Rudy, you're a baby. I have never seen a worse defense of me in my life. They took out your diaper right there. You are like a little baby that needed to be changed. When are you going to be a man?
WILBUR ROSS, SECRETARY OF COMMERCE: I do not trust you. I do not want you to do more negotiations. You have spent your best time & # 39;
H.R McMASTER, ANCIENT NATIONAL SECURITY ADVISOR: "Dresses like a beer seller."
REINCE PRIEBUS, ANCIENT HEAD OF STAFF: Like a little rat. He just runs around.
AFTER THE EGYPTIAN PRESIDENT FATAH AL-SISSI ASKED IF HE'S GOING TO BE AROUND: "Like a kick in the nuts."
BASHAR AL-ASSAD, SIRIO DICTATOR: Let's kill him! Let's go inside We are going to kill many of them.
The anonymous internal critic of Trump criticizes the "amorality" of the president and affirms that he has no "first principles to guide his decision making" and no affinity with the typical republican ideals.
And Trump's "impetuous, adversarial, insignificant and ineffective" management style has caused disasters most of the time, and most cabinet officials are working to isolate their operations from their whims. "
"Meetings with him deviate from the issue and get out of the lanes, get involved in repetitive skirmishes, and their impulsiveness results in half-baked, misinformed and sometimes reckless decisions that have to go back," he continues.
Unlike The Washington Post, the stated policy that guides the Times in its decisions on the publication of opinion articles does not exclude anonymous essays.
The west wing has been shaken from one incoming missile to another in recent days; The biggest and most recent salvo was the book by journalist Bob Woodward & # 39; Fear & # 39 ;, which surprised the Trump administration when excerpts appeared on Tuesday.
That book also reveals at least one episode of a Trump principal advisor behind his back to prevent him from making a catastrophic mistake.
The former chief economic adviser, Gary Cohn, writes Woodward, once tried to avoid a trade disaster when Trump requested the paperwork that brought the United States out of a bilateral agreement with South Korea.
"He stole a letter from Trump's desk," Woodward writes, specifically to prevent the president from signing it. And Cohn told others he did "to protect the country."
The president described Woodward's book as a "fraud" and a work of fiction.
WHAT DOES THE 25TH AMENDMENT SAY? CAN THE TRUMP CABIN REALLY GO UP?
The top anonymous official of the Trump administration bbehind a New York Times The editorial says there were "early whispers within the cabinet when invoking the 25th amendment."
That section of the Constitution of the United States deals with the presidential authority in case of death or dismissal, and was ratified in 1967.
What does the 25th Amendment say?
The first of the four sections states that the vice president will assume the Oval office if the president dies or resigns, or retires, something that the original Constitution did not clearly establish.
Presidents can be dismissed through impeachment or through Amendment 25, which the framers of the Constitution included as a dishonorable way to dismiss a seriously ill executive chief.
Section II states that if the vice president dies or resigns, or if he is dismissed, both the House of Representatives and the Senate must confirm a new vice president, whose sole constitutional duty is to serve as president of the Senate.
Section III makes it clear that a president can temporarily delegate his powers to the vice president and then claim them when he is able to serve. This is most often invoked if a president is under the influence of a surgical anesthetic for a short period of time.
Section IV appears in the opinion article and is the most controversial part of the amendment.
Describe how the president can be removed from office if he is incapacitated and does not leave on his own.
The vice president and "a majority of the top officials of the executive departments or of any other body that Congress may by law provide" should write both to the president pro tempore of the Senate and to the President of the House, saying that "the president He can fulfill the powers and duties of his office.
In practical terms, this means that at least eight of the top 15 members of the president's cabinet, along with the vice president, must agree that a president must be removed before any plan can move forward.
Notifying the president of the House and the president pro tempore of the Senate is the act that immediately elevates the vice president to a role of "interim president."
The deposed president can challenge the claim, giving the leaders of the bloodless coup four days to reaffirm their claims before the House of Representatives and the Senate.
Congress has two days to convene, unless it is already in session, and another 21 days to vote if the president is unable to serve. A two-thirds majority is required in both chambers to make that determination.
If Congress can not reach that threshold within 21 days, the president regains his powers. If he can, his powers go back to the president of vide and he is dismissed from his position.
What could happen to unleash the 25th Amendment?
Vice President Mike Pence and eight of the top 15 cabinet members would have to agree to notify Congress that President Donald Trump was unable to govern the country.
That group includes Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin, Secretary of Defense James Mattis, Prosecutor Jeff Sessions, Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke, Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue, Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross, Secretary of Labor Alexander Acosta, Secretary of Health and Human Services Alex Azar, Secretary of Transportation Elaine Chao, Secretary of Energy Rick Perry, Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos, Secretary of Veterans Affairs Robert Wilkie and Secretary of National Security Kirstjen Nielsen.
His formal notice would be addressed to House Speaker Paul Ryan and Utah Senator Orrin Hatch, who holds the title of "president pro tempore" as the oldest member of the Senate. As soon as the letter is sent, Pence would become & # 39; president in office & # 39 ;.
What happens if Trump does not agree?
If Trump says he is capable of holding the position, he would write to Hatch and Ryan within four days, which would generate three weeks of intense debate in both houses of Congress.
Trumpn would be removed from his post if both two-thirds majorities in both the House and the Senate were in agreement with Pence and his clique. If either of the two cameras did not comply with that mark, Trump would retain his powers and probably embark on a general cleaning of the house, dismissing Pence and replacing disloyal members of the cabinet.
Are there some gaps?
Amendment 25 allows Congress to appoint its own panel of experts to evaluate the president instead of relying on the Cabinet, the men and women who work most closely with Trump, to decide on the course of action.
It specifies that some "other body such as Congress can establish by law" could play that role, but Pence would still have to agree with any conclusion that the president is unable to fulfill his duties.
If the Democrats took control of both the House and the Senate, they could create such a panel with simple majority votes.
That commission could hypothetically include anyone, from presidential historians to psychiatrists, who will be entrusted with evaluating the president's aptitude for the position.
Could Trump shoot Pence if he rebelled?
Yes, in principle. If Trump smelled a bit of trouble, if Pence and a panel assembled by Congress seemed ready to judge him incapacitated, he could dismiss his vice president with a pen stroke to stop the process.
But installing a more loyal VP could be problematic since Amendment 25 includes its own poisonous pill: Both houses of Congress must vote to approve a new vice president.
That means that Trump would be against the same Congress that began to roll the ball, unless the process develops in the weeks leading up to the celebration of a new Congress on January 3, 2018.
Theoretically, a Congress controlled by the Democrats could make life dramatically more difficult for the president if he came to power in the midst of the constitutional crisis.
However, a scenario seems to have affected presidential historians: firing Pence before the process is under way, and then leaving the vice presidency vacant, would not give Congress any practical way forward.
Is there any precedent for this?
No. Only Section III, the voluntary delivery of presidential powers, has ever been seriously considered,
In December of 1978, President Jimmy Carter thought about invoking Section III when he was contemplating a surgical procedure to eliminate hemorrhoids. Presidents Ronald Reagan, George H. W. Bush, Bill Clinton and Barack Obama considered it during their terms, but neither did.
Section IV has also never been invoked, although it has been claimed that White House Chief of Staff Donald Regan told his successor, Howard Baker, in 1987 that he should be prepared to invoke him because President Ronald Reagan was inattentive. and inept.
The PBS documentary, "American Experience," tells how Baker and his team watched Reagan closely for signs of disability during their first meeting and decided he had perfect self-control.