Woodward on Anonymous NYT Op-Ed: 'I Wouldn’t Have Used It'

Anonymous official cites Trump ‘amorality’ in NY Times op-ed

Trump Demands NYT Turn Over Anonymous White House Critic

More than 25 high-ranking Trump administration officials have come out publicly denying having penned the op-ed, including Vice President Mike Pence, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats and Defense Secretary James Mattis. If you want to accuse someone and have them tried for it, you have to say who you are.

White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders tried to head off reporters' inquiries of Trump officials, tweeting that the questions should be aimed at the Times, which she said was "complicit in this deceitful act". "Much better than before I took office", Trump tweeted.

"Anyone who would write an anonymous editorial smearing this President, who's provided extraordinary leadership for this country, should not be working for this administration", Vice President Mike Pence told reporters.

Woodward describes the situation in his forthcoming book "Fear" and also discussed it in an interview on 'CBS Sunday Morning'. The U.S. president has a base of supporters who embrace or ignore the chaos. "They ought to do the honorable thing and they ought to resign".

Woodward called it "not true" that he spoke to people with an ax to grind against the president.

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Following Trump's comments, Michael M. Grynbaum, a journalist at The New York Times, tweeted a statement from the outlet saying they're "confident" the DOJ "understands that the First Amendment protects all American citizens and that it would not participate in such a blatant abuse of government power".

Trump has pushed back against Woodward's reporting and called it a 'work of fiction.' He has started a witch hunt in the White House to discover which of his aides talked to The Washington Post reporter for his tome.

Only this time it was an administration official speaking out directly, although anonymously.

List of New York Times anonymous source denials continues to grow. "Family members of the 28,000 people there, '" Woodward said.

No, per federal law: "Whoever, owing allegiance to the United States, levies war against them or adheres to their enemies, giving them aid and comfort within the United States or elsewhere, is guilty of treason".

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CNN is not aware of the identity of the individuals White House aides have zeroed in on.

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.

He said the infighting and backbiting wasn't unusually in any administration, although usually not in public.

"I Am Part of the Resistance Inside the Trump Administration", was the title of the story. All of these things are counter to Trump policies, so the author must have thought that blocking each of Trump's initiatives would be a good idea. "It's very important whether this is somebody who witnessed and participated", Woodward said.

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