Published: Sun, September 09, 2018
Worldwide | By Angelina Lucas

Jimmy Kimmel Says It Was Mike Pence Who Wrote Trump Op-ed

Jimmy Kimmel Says It Was Mike Pence Who Wrote Trump Op-ed

President Trump on Friday said knows "four or five" people who could be the "senior official" behind a bombshell New York Times op-ed that has sparked an internal hunt for the official who penned it.

The author, who said that he/she is not a liberal operative, noted that he agrees with numerous policy goals of the Trump administration, but added, however, that those goals are being achieved in spite of - and not because of - the president.

Trump said the senior administration official probably has a security clearance and has access to high-level meetings on national security strategy.

IF there is one puzzle the President of the United States of America, Donald Trump, would give anything to unravel, it is who is behind an anonymous editorial published by New York Times, roundly criticising the Trump administration.

The president has questioned whether the publication of the article was an act of treason.

"I would know. I am one of them", the anonymous U.S. official stated.

But Mr Trump's call is the latest test of the independence of the Justice Department, which is supposed to make investigative and charging decisions without political interference from the White House. Trump appears to be absolutely fixated on finding the identity of the op-ed writer, but uninterested in addressing the very real concerns the piece raises.

So far, campaign chairman Paul Manafort; Mr Trump's personal lawyer Michael Cohen; Deputy campaign manager Rick Gates and National security adviser Michael Flynn have all pled or been found guilty.

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"I think so", he told reporters. "Anything. I have nothing to do with Russian Federation", he said.

FILE - President Donald Trump and Attorney General Jeff Sessions attend the FBI National Academy graduation ceremony in Quantico, Va., Dec. 15, 2017.

The op-ed, published Wednesday, accuses the president of behaving in "a manner that is detrimental to the health of our republic" and says he or she is a part of a network of aides "working diligently from within to frustrate parts of [Trump's] agenda and his worst inclinations".

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". The Justice Department is one of the few that has not issued such a statement.

In an interview Thursday with Fox News, Trump said the author "may not be a Republican, it may not be a conservative, it may be a deep state person who has been there for a long time".

"No, Dir. Mulvaney is not the author", a spokesperson for Mulvaney told NBC News.

"Given the heightened nature of the attention we are receiving right now, we've modified the level of our security", the paper's management told employees.

Trump has openly criticised and ridiculed Sessions for recusing himself from the Russian Federation probe, but the attorney general has embraced Trump's views on most other law enforcement issues, including leaks from inside government.

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