DOJ Should Investigate Anonymous ‘Resistance’ Op-Ed Author
US President Donald Trump said he wants AG Jeff Sessions to investigate the author of an anonymous NY-T’s op-ed claiming that Top officials in his Administration are working to thwart Presidential actions they consider misguided.
“I think it is national security. I would say Jeff should be investigating who the author of that piece is because I really believe it is national security,” President Trump told reporters traveling with him Friday on Air Force One.
Asked if the government would take legal action against the New York Times for publishing the essay that it said was written by a “senior official in The Trump Administration,” the President responded that his administration is “looking at that right now.” He said “eventually the name of this sick person will come out.”
The essay, which said some of President Trump’s closest advisers work in secret to thwart his “more misguided impulses until he is out of office.
President Trump said in Tweets that the newspaper must turn over the writer to the government “for National Security purposes” and asked, “TREASON?”
President Trump also said Friday that he is still open to answering questions from Special Counsel Robert Mueller in his continuing investigation of Russian interference in the 2016 Presidential campaign. The President’s lawyers have been in on-and-off negotiations with Mr. Mueller’s team since the end of last year.
“I think if we are going to meet, it has to be a fair meeting,” President Trump said.
While anyone can ask the Justice Department to open an initial review into leaks, the op-ed article is not likely to justify a full investigation because there’s no immediate indication that classified information was compromised.
President Trump has demanded that USAG Sessions look into allegations of wrongdoing by Democrats and what he and his allies portray as an anti-Trump cabal in the Justice Department and FBI during President Barack Hussein Obama’s administration.
Mr. Hussein Obama weighed in from the sidelines: “It should not be a partisan issue to say that we do not pressure the attorney general or the FBI to use the criminal justice system as a cudgel to punish our political opponents. Or to explicitly call on the attorney general to protect members of our own party from prosecution because an election happens to be coming up.”
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