Trump urges Justice Department probe of 'resistance' writer

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Trump calls for investigation of New York Times over op-ed 'treason'

Anecdote after anecdote in an anonymously published New York Times article and an incendiary book by veteran investigative reporter Bob Woodward have painted the same picture of a "two track presidency".

Sen. Rand Paul is said to have suggested to Trump that he make his officials take a lie-detector test to root out the dissenter, while others close to the president are considering making senior officials sign sworn affidavits that could be used in court, The Times reported.

On Friday, Trump said he wants Attorney General Jeff Sessions to investigate and uncover the identity of the individual who authored the opinion piece.

Pence office, Pompeo deny being author of anonymous New York Times op-ed.

"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", he said.

They lined up to deny writing an incendiary New York Times opinion piece that was purportedly submitted by a member of an administration "resistance" movement straining to thwart Trump's most risky impulses.

"In the end, this op-ed is about impeachment", said Caputo. "It doesn't seem to be anybody very high up because everybody very high up has already said it wasn't me".

"We didn't realize it would be this big of an impact", Times op-ed editor Jim Dao said on a podcast, after the piece garnered more than 12 million page views.

"Eventually the name of this sick person will come out", Trump said about the author, while also offering up the option that the writer does not exist.

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U.S. President Donald Trump said on Friday he was open to sitting down with investigators probing possible collusion between his election campaign and Russian Federation "under certain circumstances", but did not want to get caught in a "perjury trap".

"I would say I could narrow it down to Pence's office".

He also says the timing of the op-ed's publication shouldn't be lost and encourages the President to stay focused on the midterm elections.

"If senior administration officials think the president of the United States is not able to do his job, then they should invoke the 25th Amendment", said Senator Elizabeth Warren, a Democrat widely tipped to run against Mr Trump in 2020.

In an interview with North Dakota television station KVLY on Friday, Trump was asked if he had an idea as to who wrote the piece.

President Trump, in a Tweeter post, described the article as "treason", saying that NYT "must, for National Security purposes, turn him/her over to government at once!"

Former White House aide Omarosa Manigault-Newman was called out big-time in an interview this week on the radio program "Bernie and Sid in the Morning".

Consulted later by a colleague anxious Trump was poised to sign a decree pulling the United States out of the NAFTA trade pact with Mexico and Canada, Cohen reportedly replied: "I can stop this".

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