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

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Special counsel Robert S. Mueller III's criminal investigation into the administration continues; a porn actress who received $130,000 in hush money from the president poses for Vogue and "packs them in" at a Portland, Maine, strip club.

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

Details of the meeting were disclosed for the first time in Fear, an upcoming book by legendary Watergate journalist Bob Woodward, which has been seen by reporters.

Woodward in the book recounts how Defense Secretary James Mattis had to explain to Trump why the United States pays $3.5 billion (£2.7 billion) a year to station 28,000 troops in South Korea, telling the president it was a key line of defence against North Korea to prevent "World War Three". Woodward reiterated that he interviewed more than 100 people for his deep dive inside the Trump White House and that his reporting is "meticulous and careful". "We've never had this in our history". "But now our ranks are growing and it's about damn time".

Adding to Trump's list of heavyweight opponents, former president Barack Obama delivered a speech in IL on Friday that eviscerated Trump by name over their clashing worldviews, putting the current president on notice that his predecessor has shed his restrained public profile in a bid to directly engage him.

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

"Wait a minute. So the country is safer and more prosperous under Trump?"

Explosive New York Times piece said ‘resistance’ stifles president’s impulses
Explosive New York Times piece said ‘resistance’ stifles president’s impulses

A spokesperson for US Vice-President Mike Pence has dismissed claims that he wrote the op-ed, describing it as "false, illogical and gutless".

Republicans on Capitol Hill condemned as an irresponsible betrayal the New York Times op-ed written by an anonymous senior administration official who admitted to covertly undermining President Donald Trump. "Democrats need to listen ... just because it's Trump doesn't mean that we should support this kind of action on the part of appointed governmental officials at the highest levels who are replacing the president's prerogatives to make decisions with their own opinions".

The writer said he or she has worked for the president but the writer's like-minded colleagues have vowed to thwart the president's agenda. For that to happen, two-thirds of Congress must vote to remove him. And I'm going to intimidate him and I'm going to outfox him'.

However, some in Washington think if the contents of the "op-ed" are true, something needs to be done.

The Times said the writer is a senior administration official whose job would be at risk if the person's identity were to be made public. And some of the most senior members of the Trump administration were forced to deny they were the author of the attack on their boss. Trump wrote Wednesday on Twitter, after criticizing the paper during an appearance at the White House.

White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said the Times should apologize for publishing the story, and called its author a "coward" who "should do the right thing and resign".