New York Times Beefs Up Security Amid Anonymous Op-Ed Controversy

New York Times Beefs Up Security Amid Anonymous Op-Ed Controversy

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

"This could be very unsafe if the person who is talking to the media is actually revealing national security secrets", he added.

"I think that if we're going to meet it's got to be a fair meeting", he said.

Among them was Trump's United Nations ambassador Nikki Haley, who wrote her own op-ed Friday that assails her unnamed fellow senior official for taking the "very dangerous" step of outlining how members of Trump's team are hamstringing the president.

Trump's call is the latest test of the independence of his Justice Department, which is supposed to make investigative and charging decisions without political interference from the White House.

Speculation is swirling over the op-ed's author, with top Trump administration officials - ranging from Vice President Mike Pence to Defense Secretary James Mattis - have issued statements denying their involvement.

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".

A June 1974 Associated Press report quoted Nixon as saying, "I don't know much about these things, but it scares the (expletive deleted) out of them".


"I see no basis for any legitimate referral for an investigation by DoJ", said Patrick Cotter, a former federal prosecutor.

U.S. Vice President Mike Pence denied involvement in discussions to invoke the 25th Amendment to oust President Donald Trump, according to his interview with CBS News to be aired in full Sunday.

Trump's claim, for example, that he would never have used the word "retarded" to describe Sessions was quickly undermined by recordings showing he had used the term several times in the past.

Some Trump administration officials and allies claim the author could have hindered national security by giving US foes and friends alike the sense there is a weak and unfit commander in chief in the Oval Office.

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.

Trump said that it is a disgrace that somebody can publish an anonymous article.

"No, Dir. Mulvaney is not the author", a spokesperson for Mulvaney told NBC News. "And we are trying to do what's right even when Donald Trump won't".

The entertainer's commentary came one day after a senior administration official claimed that members of a "resistance" are "working diligently from within to frustrate parts of his agenda and his worst inclinations".

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