Trump urges inquiry into anonymous New York Times editorial

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A day after the op-ed was published, the highest-ranking officials in the Trump administration, including Vice President Mike Pence, took the extraordinary step of publicly denying they or their offices were behind the essay.

Trump also said he was considering taking action against the Times, whose shares moved briefly lower after his comments were made public. "Anyone from the outside can see how dysfunctional it is, and you're complicit" if you are a political appointee.

Mr Trump said he won't be settling for that response.

U.S. President Donald Trump has suggested the opinion piece in the New York Times may be "treason" and is calling for the newspaper to identify its source. But another anxious that it could spur an "Erdogan-style purge" of the self-styled faithful servants of the people.

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

Trump would be far from the first president to hunt for leakers. What if Trump were to replace them with loyalist hacks from the campaign, like Boris Epshteyn? I think their reporters should go and investigate who it is. Even liberals that hate me say: "that's bad what they did".

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Adds Trump: "We're going to take a look at what he had, what he gave, what he's talking about also where he is right now".

Vice President Mike Pence was an early suspect to be the writer of a bombshell New York Times op-ed from an anonymous senior administration official denouncing the president as incompetent and amoral, but he quickly worked to quash this speculation.

After @PressSec directed people to call the @nytimes and ask the opinion section to out the Op-Ed writer, many have called instead to voice their support for the Op-Ed and the NYT news coverage of the Trump administration.

Second, Trump and his press secretary, Sarah Huckabee Sanders, were teed off that the op-ed writer chose not to sign the piece.

The op-ed, written by an unnamed "senior" official, described a secret inside effort to protect the country from Trump's "misguided impulses". He repeated on Air Force One that he believes libel laws should be strengthened.

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".

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