Published: Sat, September 08, 2018
Worldwide | By Sean Reid

Trump wants Sessions to investigate op-ed writer

Trump wants Sessions to investigate op-ed writer

U.S. President Donald Trump on Friday called on the U.S. Justice Department to investigate the New York Times after the news outlet published a column this week by an anonymous administration official questioning his fitness for office.

"Eventually the name of this sick person will come out", Trump said about the author, while also offering up the option that the writer does not exist. "They need to take steps that are more bold".

Lee's co-worker says he's been receiving the calls because the newspaper's automated switchboard gets the word "op-ed" confused with "Ed".

"Anyone who works with him knows he is not moored to any discernible first principles that guide his decision making", it said. "Anyone from the outside can see how dysfunctional it is, and you're complicit" if you are a political appointee.

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"The department does not confirm or deny investigations", said Sarah Isgur Flores, a spokeswoman. What if Trump were to replace them with loyalist hacks from the campaign, like Boris Epshteyn? A wounded lion is a very unsafe animal, and I think Donald Trump is wounded.

The Times issued a statement saying it was confident the Justice Department "would not participate in such a blatant abuse of government power".

Trump said that the column suggested that members of the administration were working against him. "I'm looking at that right now", Trump told reporters aboard Air Force One.

The MSNBC contributor claimed that Trump wants to arrest whoever it is that wrote the piece, though it is not clear what charges could be brought against someone for sharply criticizing the president.

"They are the only ones complicit in this deceitful act", she said. "The interesting - because I've never known the New York Times - perhaps you have - to go without a source".

"Speculation that The New York Times op-ed was written by me or my Principal Deputy is patently false".

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