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

White House Deputy Press Secretary Hogan Gidley left and White House Deputy Chief of Staff for Communications Bill Shine center listen as President Donald Trump talks to reporters while in flight from Billings Mont. to Fargo N.D. Friday Sept. 7

The New York Times recently published an op-ed titled "I Am Part of the Resistance Inside the Trump Administration".

Trump called on the Justice Department and Attorney General Jeff Sessions to open an investigation, citing national security concerns.

The explosive article also claimed that there were early whispers within the Trump cabinet "to invoke the 25th Amendment", prompted by the president's apparent "instability".

We have done so at the request of the author, a senior official in the Trump administration whose identity is known to us and whose job would be jeopardized by its disclosure. They are not doing us a service by actively promoting 90 per cent of the insane stuff that's coming out of the White House and then saying 'Don't worry we are preventing the other 10%,' " he said. Trump said revealing the writer's name was in the interests of national security. They were reported to have sent each other text messages with the phrase "the sleeper cells have awoken", according to "The Washington Post".

"I'd do it under certain circumstances", Trump told reporters on board Air Force One. "Anything. I have nothing to do with Russian Federation", he said.

U.S. President Donald Trump speaks during a "Make America Great Again" rally in Billings, Montana U.S., September 6, 2018.

The only thing that has changed for The New York Times since publishing the controversial op-ed is that the paper is getting a lot more phone calls and emails.

President Donald Trump speaks at a fundraiser in Fargo N.D. Friday Sept. 7 2018 as he makwa his second visit to North Dakota's biggest city within 10 weeks to campaign for Senate candidate Kevin Cramer this time to help Cramer build up his finances
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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".

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

The unknown official behind the editorial acknowledges that he or she is part of a group "working diligently from within to frustrate parts of his agenda and his worst inclinations", referring to Trump.

In an interview Thursday with Fox News, Trump said the author "may not be a Republican, it may not be a conservative, it may be a deep state person who has been there for a long time".

Mr Trump described his administration as a "well-oiled machine", a contrast to the description offered by his anonymous colleague in the Times.

"It's a disgrace that somebody can do that", Trump said.

Former CIA Director John Brennan, a fierce Trump critic, told NBC, "This is not sustainable to have an executive branch where individuals are not following the orders of the chief executive". Even in an administration defined by its seeming unending capability to amaze and disrupt standard procedures of governance, the idea that there is an active effort among top aides to marginalize Trump stands out.

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