Justice Dept. Should Investigate Op-Ed Writer as Matter of National Security

Sarah Huckabee Sanders

Sarah Huckabee Sanders

He also says the timing of the op-ed's publication shouldn't be lost and encourages the President to stay focused on the midterm elections. On Capitol Hill, a confirmation hearing in a staid Senate office building is repeatedly interrupted by protesters shouting at the nominee and the senators; 70 people are arrested.

WASHINGTON - Bob Woodward, the author of a new book describing how top aides to US President Donald Trump have attempted to limit what they saw as his unsafe behavior, said on Sunday he would not have published the anonymous op-ed by an administration official that appeared in the New York Times last week.

"While I generally enjoy reading fiction, this is a uniquely Washington brand of literature, and his anonymous sources do not lend credibility", the defence secretary had said. "I don't know how Donald Trump is going to react to this".

Woodward told CBS that the most "dangerous" moment of Trump's standoff with Kim Jong Un came when the president went to produce another provocative tweet.

Following Trump's comments, Michael M. Grynbaum, a journalist at The New York Times, tweeted a statement from the outlet saying they're "confident" the DOJ "understands that the First Amendment protects all American citizens and that it would not participate in such a blatant abuse of government power".

The author, who was classified as a senior administration official, essentially claimed to be saving the country by working as "the resistance" against President Trump.

Almost every Cabinet member issued a statement or told reporters that they didn't pen the op-ed.

"All these people in the media who are always talking about who is and who is not telling the truth, they will print the words of a liar in a heartbeat", Paterson said.

"President Trump's impulses are generally anti-trade and anti-democratic", the column said. But in 2013, Trump tweeted in defense of Woodward's reporting about the Obama White House and, just four weeks ago, in a recorded phone call transcribed by CNN, he told Woodward "I think you've always been fair".

Swift denials followed from others in the Trump administration. "In the end, this op-ed is about impeachment", said Caputo.

"The speculation about who replaces Mattis is now more real than ever", a senior White House official was quoted as saying in the report.

"Anyone who would write an anonymous editorial smearing this president, who has provided extraordinary leadership, should not be working for this administration".

Woodward on Sunday brushed off Trump's attacks. "A wounded lion is a very unsafe animal, and I think Donald Trump is wounded".

Trump adds: "These quotes were made up".

"The root of the problem is the president's amorality", wrote the official.

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