US President calls for Justice Dept to probe op-ed author

The'Deep State' target of Trump's ire

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.

Sen. Rand Paul is said to have suggested to Trump that he make his officials take a lie-detector test to root out the dissenter, while others close to the president are considering making senior officials sign sworn affidavits that could be used in court, The Times reported.

The New York Times op-ed written by "a senior official in the Trump administration" landed with a thud on Wednesday and immediately sent off a wild game of "whodunit?"

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

The writer, who described themselves as a senior official in the Trump administration, added that Mr Trump's "erratic behaviour would be more concerning if it weren't for unsung heroes in and around the White House".

Trump has already demanded that the newspaper release the identity of the author, and wondered if the publication amounts to treason.

The editorial validated what many have claimed since Trump took office a year ago: that a deep state composed of a cabal of unelected officials within the government is undermining the president's agenda and the will of the American people who elected him.

"The president's threats underscore why we must safeguard the identity of the writer of this op-ed", the statement said.

"It's national security", Trump said.

"I think so", he told reporters.

"I'd do it under certain circumstances", Trump told reporters on board Air Force One. "I'm draining the Swamp, and the Swamp is trying to fight back", he said. Ditto Trump's attempts to make nice with Russian Federation, which the author said steady hands in the bureaucracy have undermined.

Trump reiterated that it was a "disgrace" that the Times would publish the piece.

Those accounts confirm reports from sources like Omarosa Manigault Newman, a former Trump White House aide, and Michael Wolff in his best-selling "Fire and Fury". Trump was then asked whether action should be taken against the Times.

"With nothing but positive news about the economy and the job market, all of their fears have come true", Borelli told The Post.

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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.

The anonymous author, claiming to be part of the resistance "working diligently from within" the administration, wrote that, "Many Trump appointees have vowed to do what we can to preserve our democratic institutions while thwarting Mr. Trump's more misguided impulses until he is out of office".

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