Across the country, efforts are underway to identify an anonymous senior White House official who penned a New York Times op-ed admonishing President Donald Trump over his leadership and claiming to be part of a "resistance" within the US leader's administration.
Woodward's is not the first unflattering investigation into Trump's White House, but it has been particularly resonant coming from the man who together with Carl Bernstein authored the Watergate expose that brought down Richard Nixon. He also said it is still unclear what the consequences would be for the official.
On Friday, Trump said he wants Attorney General Jeff Sessions to investigate and uncover the identity of the individual who authored the opinion piece.
He also says the timing of the op-ed's publication shouldn't be lost and encourages the President to stay focused on the midterm elections.
The Justice Department said in a statement sent to Anadolu Agency it does not confirm or deny investigations. They aren't accountable. They're not doing us a service by actively promoting 90 percent of the insane stuff that's coming out of this White House and then saying, 'Don't worry, we're preventing the other 10 percent.' That's not how things are supposed to work.
The respected White House chronicler's "Fear: Trump in the White House", a 448-page account of an out-of-control administration, draws on hundreds of hours of insider interviews. He also unleashed on Trump's border wall, lack of emergency response after Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico and immigration laws.
"This to me is a signal that there's nothing there with Russia in terms of the president working with the Russians during his campaign", Graham said.
A day earlier, Trump's top lieutenants stepped forward to repudiate the op-ed in a show of loyalty to their incensed boss, who has ordered aides to unmask the writer. "My anonymous colleague should have, too".
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While the president called the author "gutless" and "coward".
Even David Frum, George W. Bush's former "Axis of Evil" speechwriter and a very smart if somewhat doctrinaire "free markets-über alles" conservative, has been looking good by warning grandiloquently about Trump's authoritarianism.
"Let's assume it's a person with a security clearance".
According to a Times memo, the extra security is a reaction to "the heightened nature of the attention we are receiving right now".
"These are extraordinary times", he said.
In an interview with North Dakota television station KVLY on Friday, Trump was asked if he had an idea as to who wrote the piece.