The New York Times, seemingly surprised and overwhelmed by the reaction to its anonymous op-ed about President Donald Trump, has increased security at the paper's newsroom as a precaution, according to The Hill. "I think their reporters should go and investigate who it is", Trump told the crowd. "I would say Jeff should be investigating who the author of that piece is because I really believe it is national security", he added.
President Donald Trump lashed out against the anonymous senior official who wrote it, claiming to be part of a "resistance" working "from within" to thwart the commander-in-chief's most risky impulses.
Jennifer Palmieri, former communications director for President Barack Obama, noted that "this person could easily be someone most of us have never heard of" - for example, a deputy of a department most voters don't know. They aren't accountable. They're not doing us a service by actively promoting 90 percent of the insane stuff that's coming out of this White House and then saying, 'Don't worry, we're preventing the other 10 percent.' That's not how things are supposed to work.
Experts said it was unlikely the Justice Department would have sound legal grounds to get involved over a hunt for the op-ed author, unless the person was a member of the military, who are forbidden to undermine or defame the commander-in-chief. And it's far from clear that the vivid portraits of erratic presidential behavior described by Woodward and the op-ed writer would breach national security.
"I would know. I am one of them", the anonymous official wrote. "I'm looking at that right now".
Trump's lawyers and supporters have argued that as president he is empowered not only to hire and fire whomever he chooses but that he can also inject himself into law enforcement matters.
US SeNator Elizabeth Warren said Thursday it is time to invoke a constitutional amendment to remove President Donald Trump if top officials believe he can no longer fulfill his duties.
The Times defended the choice to grant anonymity to the author because he or she is "a senior official in the Trump administration whose identity is known to us and whose job would be jeopardized by its disclosure".
Shortly after Trump's call for a Justice Department investigation into the op-ed article, Obama rebuked his successor in a speech in Urbana, Illinois.
He earlier demanded the "New York Times" reveals the author's identity to the government, and followed up with a one word tweet: "Treason".