White House eyes 12 potential authors behind anonymous op-ed

White House eyes 12 potential authors behind anonymous op-ed

Kerry Wise
September 8, 2018

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) tore into President Donald Trump on Thursday for his reaction to an anonymous New York Times op-ed from within his administration.

"Does the so-called "Senior Administration Official" really exist, or is it just the Failing New York Times with another phony source?"

"The Vice President puts his name on his Op-Eds", tweeted Jarrod Agen, communications director for Pence.

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.

By email, by tweet and on camera, the denials over the anonymous column came from cabinet-level officials, all the way up to the office of vice president Mike Pence.

"Find the departments that have purged all Trump supporters from those departments", Caputo told CBN News.

Mr Trump said he won't be settling for that response.

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President Trump said Supreme Court candidate Judge Brett Kavanaugh has his support, as does Republican challenger Matt Rosendale.

"President Trump has laid out a bold and ambitious agenda".

He said it was a "disgrace" for the newspaper to have published the op-ed from a purported senior administration official. I think their reporters should go and investigate who it is.

The FBI and Justice Department are responsible for investigating federal crimes, but there is no indication of anything illegal having been done in the publication of a newspaper opinion piece critical of the president.

Trump immediately slammed as "gutless" the unsigned op-ed - published a day after excerpts from bombshell book claiming that White House staff were constantly battling to rein in the president's worst impulses.

"It may be cold comfort in this chaotic era, but Americans should know that there are adults in the room", the author continued". "We fully recognize what is happening". And, you know, look, it depends how you feel about Donald Trump.

When news organizations use an unnamed source, they are asking readers to trust the credibility of the information at a time of public distrust in the media. In one of those investigations, the government secretly seized records for telephone lines and switchboards that more than 100 reporters for The Associated Press used in their Washington bureau and elsewhere.