President Trump on Friday called for the Justice Department to investigate the identity of the anonymous member of his staff who wrote a New York Times op-ed claiming to be part of the “resistance” within the White House.
The president told reporters aboard Air Force One that he is “looking at” taking potential action against the Times, calling the paper’s decision to publish the op-ed a “disgrace.”
“We’re going to take a look at what he had, what he gave, what he’s talking about also where he is right now,” Trump said, according to the report.
“It’s national security,” Trump told reporters when asked if Attorney General Jeff Sessions should investigate who wrote the op-ed.
Reports from Air Force One: @realDonaldTrump telling press he wants AG Sessions to investigate who wrote anonymous NYT column about him (on what grounds? violating the 1st amendment guarantee of free speech?)
— Andrea Mitchell (@mitchellreports) September 7, 2018
A Justice Department spokesman said the department “does not confirm or deny investigations” when asked to comment on Trump’s statements.