Justice Dept. should probe NY Times op-ed writer

09 September, 2018, 12:04 | Author: Emmett Rice
  • Trump Justice Dept. should probe NY Times op-ed writer

He has also said the Times should reveal the author "for National Security purposes" and that Attorney General Jeff Sessions should investigate.

On Wednesday, Trump called for the Times to disclose the author's identity, calling it a threat to national security.

"Supposing I have a high level national security, and he has got a clearance, we talked about clearances a lot recently, and he goes into a high level meeting concerning China or Russian Federation or North Korea or something".

Whether the New York Times should have published an anonymous op-ed is an interesting question.

Indeed, the piece seemed written deliberately to send the president down a nasty rabbit hole with rants and recriminations - the exact behavior to which the unknown author objected. "They're not doing us a favor by actively promoting 90% of the insane stuff coming out of this White House and saying, 'Don't worry, we're preventing the other 10%'". His communications director also tweeted that "The Vice President puts his name on his Op-Eds".

US District Judge Randolph Moss sentenced foreign policy aide George Papadopoulos to 14 days in prison, acknowledging his guilty plea and his remorse, but noting that he "lied in an investigation that was important to national security".

"I'd do it, but under certain circumstances", he told reporters on Air Force One.

"I don't see how we can do it", said Giuliani, who has repeatedly expressed concern about the risk of Trump committing perjury.

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Advisers to President Donald Trump entertained the idea, briefly discussing it among themselves, according to the Times.

Trump even implied he has looked into legal action on author and longtime journalist Bob Woodward, who is set to publish a new book that paints a negative portrait of the Trump presidency.

Meanwhile, Trump is said to be examining the language of the denials issued this week by the highest members of his administration or their spokespeople.

The Times has so far refused Trump's demands.

In his first major political speech since leaving the White House, former president Barack Obama denounced Trump's response to the article, as part of a wider rebuke of his successor's behaviour and agenda.

In an interview with Fox & Friends, President Trump criticized the New York Times for publishing the essay, suggesting it was an act of treason. Any leak investigations of classified information tend to go through a complex process at the Justice Department that includes determining whether the information was sensitive and known to few people.

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

"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.



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