White House Probe Into 'Anonymous' NYT Columnist Narrows To A 'Few People'

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Woodward's revelations were supported by the article in The New York Times published anonymously on Wednesday, which said "unsung heroes" were quietly working within the administration to frustrate the president's "worst inclinations". Ellison Barber reports from the White House.

An Alabama supporter of President Donald Trump's told CNN that he would believe author Bob Woodward over the president. "The narrative that I've picked up, in not only this book but the opinion editorials, suggests that things are happening in spite of the president's leadership, and nothing could be further from the truth". They could get away with it, Woodward said, because Trump doesn't remember.

Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas told TMZ the op-ed was "certainly troubling", but that the "phenomenon is nothing new" for individuals who try to undermine Republican presidents from within the U.S. government. "I would say that maybe half of those are key people". "As Dowd rattled off a series of questions about the investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election, Trump reportedly stumbled over his answers and contradicted himself", the Hill said. White House officials slammed the author of the Op-Ed, members of Trump's cabinet denied writing it, and Trump lashed out at the New York Times on Twitter.

The book's title, "Fear", was drawn by Mr. Woodward from an interview he had in 2016 with candidate Trump. He said Trump is "wrong and my reporting is meticulous and careful".

"Unidentified sources have become the majority of the voices people hear about in today's news", Trump said in a statement.

As evidence, Bunch cites what he claims is the one-two punch of the explosive new book from Watergate reporter Bob Woodward, and the damning New York Times op-ed piece from an anonymous "senior White House official", now colloquially deemed "Lodestar".

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A furious Trump responded by questioning whether the author even existed, and said that if the person does exist, the writer is "gutless" and must be outed for national security purposes.

Glenn Kessler, the Washington Post's fact-checker, seized on Dao's explanation of how the New York Times chose to describe the author. Other names included Kellyanne Conway and Jeff Sessions.

After the op-ed was published, President Trump tweeted, "TREASON?"

"While I generally enjoy reading fiction, this is a uniquely Washington brand of literature, and his anonymous sources do not lend credibility", the defence secretary had said.

The assertions in the column were largely in line with complaints about Trump's behavior that have repeatedly been raised by various administration officials, often speaking on the condition of anonymity.

In essence, the 25th Amendment allows Congress to remove the president in the case of his death, resignation, or - and here's the million-dollar word - "impairment".