Justice Dept. Should Investigate Op-Ed Writer as Matter of National Security

Justice Dept. Should Investigate Op-Ed Writer as Matter of National Security

The reporter went on to describe the most risky moment in the standoff between the US and North Korea, when Trump prepared a tweet that the Pentagon feared would lead to a military collision.

President Donald Trump is calling a new book about his administration by longtime journalist Bob Woodward "a scam".

The Author of the @nytimes OP-Ed about Trump?

"There are bright spots that the near-ceaseless negative coverage of the administration fails to capture: effective deregulation, historic tax reform, a more robust military and more", the author wrote.

"I wouldn't have used it", Woodward told CBS News.

'I didn't bring the request to the president directly, ' she said. "He said, 'Donald Trump put up $7 million, they put up $193 million, and they are 50/50 partners".

But Trump's preoccupation with the matter threatened to thrust him further into his ever-deepening war against the press corps at a perilous time.

The White House immediately slammed the piece and called on the person who authored it to resign. The new data also show that worker pay is on the rise, an encouraging sign that wages may finally be moving higher after years of sluggish progress. This is a new low for the so-called 'paper of record, ' and it should issue an apology, just as it did after the election for its disastrous coverage of the Trump campaign. "Job numbers were great".

"They realized that [these documents] would endanger the country", Woodward said.

Mattis is in India along with Secretary of State Mike Pompeo to attend the maiden India-US 2+2 dialogue being hosted by their Indian counterparts External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj and Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman.

Relations between Trump and Kim have grown stale since their summit in June, where both parties pledged to move towards denuclearizing the Korean peninsula.

Almost every Cabinet member issued a statement or told reporters that they didn't pen the op-ed.

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CNN is not aware of the identity of the individuals White House aides have zeroed in on. ". President Trump has gotten more [opposition] than anyone else. This is not very good for the character and the dialogue of our country". The author of the piece wrote valiantly of being a part of the "resistance" working towards circumventing some of Trump's most threating actions "from within".

Meanwhile, denials from key administration officials pour in.

Federal law enforcement officials have responded privately to such requests in the past by explaining an important distinction: Disclosing classified information can be a crime worthy of investigation; disclosing nonprotected information usually is not a crime, and therefore would not be investigated by federal agents.

The text of the op-ed was pulled apart for clues.

"Nothing in this town stays secret forever, and so ultimately I do think we will find out who is the author", he said.

DPRK would have read it as a sign of an imminent United States attack, says Bob Woodward. He and Trump have had a deteriorating relationship, with the president repeatedly and publicly faulting him for the course of the Russian Federation probe, from which Sessions recused himself - ultimately leading to the appointment of a special counsel.

Additionally, then-National Security Adviser H.R. McMaster received a back-channel message at the White House that Ri Su-yong, the vice chairman of North Korea's Politburo, had told intermediaries 'that the North would take the evacuation of US civilians as a sign of imminent attack, ' according to the book.

Such a declaration from the "U.S. commander in chief on Twitter was nearly unthinkable" and Pentagon leadership anxious that such a tweet would provoke North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, Woodward wrote.

Trump also called the publication "gutless" on Twitter.

But Trump lambasted Woodward's account as a "phony story".

Fear reports that officials, including former economic adviser Gary Cohn, would steal documents off Trump's desk to stop him from enacting certain policies.

Beyond the anecdotes about his aides, Mr. Trump has pushed back on quotes attributed to him.

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