SHAPIRO: The Justice Department declined to comment, saying it does not confirm or deny investigations.
"The President's threats both underscore why we must safeguard the identity of the writer of this op-ed and serve as a reminder of the importance of a free and independent press to American democracy". NPR's Scott Horsley reports. That's better than expected. The department is supposed to make investigative and charging decisions without political interference from the White House. If the person has a high-level security clearance, Trump said, "I don't want him in those meetings".
McCarthy predicted the op-ed's publication will have far-reaching consequences, blaming the Times for sowing further public distrust of the news media.
He again denied any communication or coordination with Russians during the 2016 USA presidential campaign.
The Senate Judiciary Committee began confirmation hearings for Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh.
"There is only one check on abuses of power, and that's you and your vote".
The Times piece, published on September 5, , has sparked the president's ire, leading him to tweet in all caps "TREASON?" and calling the author "GUTLESS". It is not clear whether the White House has done that.
"The "New York Times" should be ashamed and so should the person who wrote the false, illogical, and gutless op-ed", said his spokesman. He called Woodward an "idiot" and his book a "work of fiction" less than a month after he is heard on a recording made by Woodward praising the reporter as "very fair".
UNIDENTIFIED PERSON #2: Now from the country's top investigative reporter comes the charge that the USA presidency is in the midst of a nervous breakdown.
Trump loyalists are blaming Republican insiders for stoking the toxic atmosphere that gave rise to a scathing anonymous op-ed, written by a self-proclaimed "senior administration official", now roiling the White House.
The 25th Amendment allows the vice president and a majority of Cabinet officials to inform Congress that the president is unfit for duty, thereby allowing the vice president to assume the presidency.
"I'd do it under certain circumstances", Trump told reporters on board Air Force One.
HORSLEY: Dan Drezner is a professor at the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy.
Trump appeared to be calling for a criminal investigation despite there being no indication that the mystery author broke any laws by releasing his extraordinary column, which detailed how "unsung heroes" were quietly working within the administration to frustrate an amoral president's "worst inclinations".
HORSLEY: Trump himself disputes that idea.
"I'm not making that up".
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