Donald Trump asks justice department to investigate New York Times op-ed

Donald Trump asks justice department to investigate New York Times op-ed

Donald Trump asks justice department to investigate New York Times op-ed

"We're going to see", said Mr Trump, who was on his way to a rally in North Dakota.

"This could be very unsafe if the person who is talking to the media is actually revealing national security secrets", he added.

US President Donald Trump has urged the justice department to investigate an anonymous New York Times article by an official in his administration.

"I think so, because I think it's national security", Trump said when asked if he wants the DOJ to investigate.

Trump had threatened to sue the Times when he was running for president in October 2016 because of its story about allegations of sexual assault against women.

Trump claims that his call for an investigation is not spurred by the op-ed's negative portrayal of him.

Graham said he thinks the op-ed is s a new line of attack from the left because there's no evidence to prove Trump has colluded with the Russians. Trump appears to be absolutely fixated on finding the identity of the op-ed writer, but uninterested in addressing the very real concerns the piece raises. Even in an administration defined by its seeming unending capability to amaze and disrupt standard procedures of governance, the idea that there is an active effort among top aides to marginalize Trump stands out.

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Legal experts say that a Justice Department effort to try to track down the source of the op-ed via the Times could provoke a First Amendment showdown. He told CNN that in his world, people don't care much about what runs in The New York Times.

According to the Times, the White House has a list of 12 people it suspects of authoring the article.

The op-ed writer said "the root of the problem is the president's amorality" and calls Trump's leadership style "impetuous, adversarial, petty and ineffective".

It is also a contrast to the description in Watergate reporter Bob Woodward's upcoming book, which quotes chief of staff John Kelly as saying the Trump White House is "crazytown" with a president who has "gone off the rails". He also unleashed on Trump's border wall, lack of emergency response after Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico and immigration laws.

"If the GUTLESS anonymous person does indeed exist, The Times must, for National Security purposes, turn him/her over to the government at once", the president added. Trump asked. "Create some libel laws that when people say stuff bad about you, you could sue them". "This is just another example of the liberal media's concerted effort to discredit the President", Sanders said.

Mr. Trump's latest remarks indicate that he wants to use the machinery of the government to root out the source of the Op-Ed, which described some administration officials as being in a state of near mutiny against a president they view as risky and untethered from reality.

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