Donald Trump wants his Attorney General to launch an investigation directed at the anonymous op-ed writer.

By |2018-09-09T05:14:38+00:00September 8th, 2018|Categories: Front Page, News|Tags: , , , , , |15 Comments

But why?

Courtesy of The Atlantic

President Trump wants Attorney General Jeff Sessions to launch an investigation into which senior administration official anonymously authored an explosive New York Times op-ed, published earlier this week, that questioned his fitness to serve and revealed that aides have been secretly thwarting his more dangerous impulses. “I would say Jeff should be investigating who the author of that piece was,” Trump told reporters on Friday. “Because I really believe it’s national security.”

There’s only one problem: No obvious crime was committed that would warrant a Justice Department investigation. “On its face, I don’t see anything in that op-ed that would serve as a basis to conduct a criminal investigation,” said David Laufman, a former high-ranking Department of Justice official who served as the chief of the Counterintelligence and Export Control Section before leaving in February. A leak investigation would not be warranted because, “on its face, the op-ed does not contain classified information,” he noted.

The New York Times said in a statement that a DOJ investigation would constitute “a blatant abuse of government power.” “We’re confident that the Department of Justice understands that the First Amendment protects all American citizens and that it would not participate in such a blatant abuse of government power. The president’s threats underscore why we must safeguard the identity of the writer in this op-ed and serve as a reminder of the importance of a free and independent press to American democracy.”

This is just a further indication that Donald Trump sees his Justice Department as his own personal investigative service that he can just sic on whoever he feels has disrespected or embarrassed him. 

And keep in mind that this is the same Attorney General that Trump has been insulting and harassing for over a year now. 

So either Sessions will have to explain to his boss that this is not a reasonable request or, as the op-ed writer indicated, this will simply be another demand that Trump’s staff ignores. 

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15 Comments

  1. John Baron Miller September 8, 2018 at 7:49 am

    ““I don’t know what the president is referring to, but in both cases, he doesn’t know what he is talking about,” Rogin replied. “Fiest of all I don’t think the White House knows squat about who wrote this.”

    “First of all, I’ve been getting contacts from the White House officials ever since the thing was published, and every single one of them has floated the name of a person they already had a grudge against,” he continued. “And they are all different, okay?”

    “Just based on what I’m hearing from White House officials, they are all pointing fingers in a different direction, they don’t know anything,””

    https://www.rawstory.com/2018/09/washington-post-reporter-ridicules-trump-search-anonymous-op-ed-author-dont-know-squat-wrote/

    • Anonymous September 8, 2018 at 1:00 pm

      For all we know of this administration, it could be a russian working in the WH, setting up trump for the “mentally incompetent” defense against Mueller.

      I betting the butler did it, every time he had to take little donnie a diet coke, he took a document off his desk !!!

  2. #FamilyTies2019 September 8, 2018 at 11:39 am

    Maybe Justine Bateman wrote it, to garner attention for a possible 30th anniversary revival of Family Ties?

    There can never be a world with too much Mallory

    • Gryphen September 8, 2018 at 11:51 am

      Well, you certainly get the “Coming Out of Left Field” award of the day.

      • Anonymous September 8, 2018 at 5:33 pm

        I thought it was great! When TV gets so stupid and unimaginative that they have to resurrect old shows to save audiences.

  3. Anonymous September 8, 2018 at 12:51 pm

    It won’t make any difference to the republicans, but it will be nice to see this scumbag try and get out of this one
    ===================================================================

    The Democratic Coalition Will File a Criminal Complaint Against Kavanaugh… Guess Who’ll Review…

    The Democratic Coalition, and its chairmen Jon Cooper and Scott Dworkin, have filed a criminal complaint for perjury against Bret Kavanaugh with the Dept. of Justice and will also file with the D.C. Circuit Court Monday for…wait for it… Judge Merrick Garland’s review…

    https://www.dailykos.com/stories/2018/9/8/1794248/-The-Democratic-Coalition-Will-File-a-Criminal-Complaint-Against-Kavanaugh-Guess-Who-ll-Review

    • Anonymous September 9, 2018 at 9:04 am

      LOL! I hope it has merit and isn’t just grandstanding.

  4. Anonymous September 8, 2018 at 3:23 pm

    Trump won’t be satisfied until he can imprison political prisoners without due process.

  5. Anonymous September 8, 2018 at 5:52 pm

    I keep saying that the man thinks when elected he was made king. The evangelicals thinks he is the messiah. And the rest of us think he is the antichrist and Putin is the beast.

    • Heracles September 8, 2018 at 7:58 pm

      666pence is the Antichri$T~Drumpf is Caligula reincarnate!

  6. Anninonuss September 8, 2018 at 7:18 pm
  7. DD September 8, 2018 at 7:21 pm

    https://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/kellyanne-conwar-says-trump-believes-op-ed-writer-is-in-national-security_us_5b94540ae4b0162f472dcb85

    “Trump also told reporters aboard Air Force One on Friday that the op-ed author likely has a security clearance and access to high-level meetings on national security strategy. “I don’t want him in those meetings. We’re looking at it very strongly from a legal standpoint,””

  8. JB$ September 8, 2018 at 7:34 pm

    https://slate.com/news-and-politics/2018/09/new-york-times-op-ed-anonymous-writer-trump.html

    “the most likely author, based on the op-ed’s content and style, is the U.S. ambassador to Ru$$ia, Jon Huntsman.”
    ” Huntsman has issued a statement to deflect accusations that he wrote the Times op-ed. But the statement—actually just a tweet—doesn’t come from Huntsman. It comes from the spokesperson at the U.S. Embassy in Moscow. The full text reads, “Amb Huntsman: Come to find, when you’re serving as the U.S. envoy in Moscow, you’re an easy target on all sides. Anything sent out by me would have carried my name. An early political lesson I learned: never send an anonymous op-ed.”

    That’s a non-denial denial. The Times has already said that the author’s “identity is known to us.” So the piece can’t have been sent anonymously. It must have carried the author’s name. Which means the statement from Huntsman’s spokesperson is technically accurate, even if he wrote the piece. And no matter what he says, he’s still the most likely suspect”
    “Country first. The op-ed glorifies the late Sen. John McCain. It calls him a “lodestar,” the word used by Henry Kissinger at McCain’s Sept. 1 memorial service to describe the senator. It concludes with this line: “There is a quiet resistance within the administration of people choosing to put country first.” “Country first” was McCain’s presidential campaign slogan in 2008. Huntsman, who idolized McCain, adopted the same slogan for his 2012 presidential campaign. A week ago, after McCain died, Huntsman lauded McCain as his mentor and recalled his motto, “Country first.” Huntsman also flew back from Moscow to attend the memorial service.”
    “malign—which is fancier and more correct in this context than the more popular term malignant—is one of Huntsman’s favorite words, especially when talking about Russia. ”
    Moorings. Impetuous. Inclination.

  9. anon September 9, 2018 at 8:18 am

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