Trump's top aides scramble to deny authorship of anonymous op-ed

Trump's top aides scramble to deny authorship of anonymous op-ed

The author of a New York Times op-ed about a resistance within the White House was right to stay anonymous, according to a constitutional lawyer who represents government whistleblowers. Melania concluded by saying, "To the writer of the oped, you are not protecting this country, you are sabotaging it with your cowardly actions".

On the internet and in Washington, a guessing game has raged over who the author might be, prompting almost every cabinet-ranked member of the government to deny it was them.

So far, nearly all of the administration's top officials have issued statements denying writing the op-ed, from Vice President Mike Pence to the ambassador to Russian Federation.

CNN has published a letter that was allegedly stolen off of President Donald Trump's desk last September by former White House chief economic adviser Gary Cohn.

He also criticised the claim made in the article which asserted that the coalition of "resistance" within the Trump administration was working in the interests of the American people.

The firestorm caught up with Mattis and Pompeo in New Delhi, where the Secretary of State denounced the Times' decision to publish as "sad" and "disturbing".

"The Deep State and the Left, and their vehicle, the Fake News Media, are going insane - & they don't know what to do", Trump tweeted on Thursday morning.

Mr Trump told Fox & Friends in an interview broadcast earlier on Friday that the op-ed was "unfair".

The person close to Trump added that the president's paranoia will only grow as many of his longest-serving aides leave the administration.

"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", he said. "It is laughable to think this could come from the secretary", spokesman Tony Sayegh said on Twitter.

Earlier this week the Justice Department said is set a meeting with state attorneys general to discuss concerns social media platforms are stifling conservative voices.

Amid intense speculation on who the mystery author is, on Thursday four top White House officials, including Vice President Mike Pence, U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, said they were not the author and slammed the Times for publishing it.

Jodi Kantor, an investigative reporter with the New York Times, tweeted: 'So basically: Times reporters now must try to unearth the identity of an author that our colleagues in Opinion have sworn to protect with anonymity? The paper says the author requested anonymity and that this was essential to deliver an "important perspective" to its reader.

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