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CNN invited former Trump for President campaign manager Corey Lewandowski on to talk about the anonymous author of a scathing New York Times op-ed that roiled the White House on Wednesday, only to have host John Berman have to stop and fact-check the Trump defender multiple times.

"I am not author of the anonymous NY Times op-ed", Linda tweeted.

"We've reached an all time low", he told the crowd.

"Unidentified deep state operatives who defy voters to push their secret agendas are truly a threat to democracy itself".

"For the sake of our national security, the New York Times should publish his name", he insisted.

The anonymous author, claiming to be part of the resistance "working diligently from within" the administration, said, "Many Trump appointees have vowed to do what we can to preserve our democratic institutions while thwarting Mr. Trump's more misguided impulses until he is out of office".

"It is very important for the leadership in the Congress of the United States and the people of the United States to know whether or not Donald Trump is fit to be president - whether he is stable enough to be president, honest enough to be president and has the capabilities of being president".

"That's not journalism, that's clickbait", Gutfeld said.

By email, by tweet and on camera, the denials paraded in from Cabinet-level officials - and even vice president Mike Pence - apparently crafted for an audience of one, seated in the Oval Office.

The piece says administration officials have discussed the possible use of the 25th Amendment. Since the New York Times op-ed appeared, Pence, in particular, has been a favorite possibility of many online because both he and the anonymous writer have used the unusual word "lodestar" in the past.




The author's identity is known to the opinion page editors of the Times, the newspaper said.

The firestorm caught up with Mattis and Pompeo in New Delhi, where the Secretary of State denounced the Times' decision to publish as "sad" and "disturbing".

Of course, President Trump is furious.

The piece described a "two-track" presidency in which Trump says one thing and his staff consciously does another, citing the president's alleged preference "for autocrats and dictators".

But "for Democrats, it confirms their worst suspicions". Many have privately shared some of the article's same concerns about Trump with colleagues, friends and reporters.

"There will always be those. who see these developments as part of a Deep State conspiracy", he said.

"The root of the problem is the president's amorality".

"I'm draining the Swamp, and the Swamp is trying to fight back".

Among the anecdotes, former top economic adviser Gary CohnGary David CohnAnonymous attack on Trump roils White House CNN: Trump searching for Woodward sources in White House The Hill's Morning Report - Sponsored by Better Medicare Alliance - Day Two: Kavanaugh to spar with hostile Democrats MORE is reported to have removed paperwork, unnoticed, from Trump's desk that the president meant to sign to withdraw the USA from trade agreements.

Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue said through a spokesman that he was not the author, as did Education Secretary Betsy DeVos, Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Andrew Wheeler and Huntsman, also through representatives.


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