Trump wants investigation into anonymous New York Times opinion piece

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"We're going to see, I'm looking at that right now", he said.

"The President's threats both underscore why we must safeguard the identity of the writer of this op-ed and serve as a reminder of the importance of a free and independent press to American democracy".

The Department of Justice said in response: "The department does not confirm, deny or otherwise acknowledge the existence or non-existence of investigations". "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%'".

While the author of the op-ed did not reveal any classified information, instead focusing on the White House's inner workings, Trump's latest comments seem to hint he believes the article is worthy of a criminal investigation.

Towards the end of the piece that detailed the president's "erratic behavior", his "impulsiveness" and "repetitive rants", the anonymous writer also talked about the possibility removing Trump from the office. "I would know. I am one of them", the anonymous United States official stated. "My anonymous colleague should have, too".

As he struggled to get his tongue around the word, it came out as "anominous gutless, coward".

Sen. Chris Coons of DE said, "President Trump continues to show a troubling trend in which he views the Department of Justice as the private legal department of the Trump organization rather than an entity that is focused on respecting the Constitution and enforcing our laws". "That somebody is allowed to do that is very sad commentary", he said.

The op-ed claimed a large cadre of officials across the government are working hard to stifle his most extreme policy whims.

"Let's assume it's a person with a security clearance".

"I think it is national security".

"If I met with Russians, you people would have found out", he said.

Mr. Trump said he was open to the idea of administering lie detector tests to members of his staff to determine the identity of the source.

"People are suggesting it", Trump said Friday, steering clear of explicitly endorsing the proposal.

"I believe the person will suss himself or herself out though because that's usually what happens", Conway said.

New York Times spokeswoman Danielle Rhoades Ha confirmed to HuffPost that the mention of increased security was "among various notes" in a company-wide email sent Friday.

As he returned to the political spotlight ahead of November's midterm elections, Mr Obama was also critical of the anonymous "New York Times" article. "We fully recognise what is happening".

First Lady Melania Trump released a statement that reads like a defense of President Donald Trump on its surface but contains a subtext that should scare the president. He was in Fargo to campaign for GOP Senate candidate Kevin Cramer.

President Trump took to Twitter to question whether there even was an scribe at all.

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