[Ed. – Trump isn’t wrong about the principle here. There exists no “right” to frustrate the president from a job inside his administration. Whether Trump has perfectly articulated the “correct” method of going about this exotic task is a separate concern. But on the issue of whether he has the authority and right to identify this person and get rid of him or her, there should be no question.]
President Trump called on Attorney General Jeff Sessions to investigate the New York Times Friday afternoon in order to find out which “senior administration official” wrote an anonymous op-ed published in the paper earlier this week. Trump is arguing it is essential to U.S. national security to find out who the author is.
“It’s a disgrace that somebody can do that. I think it’s more disgraceful that the New York Times would do it. That somebody is allowed to do that is very sad commentary,” Trump said onboard Air Force One. “It doesn’t seem to be anybody very high up because everybody very high up has already said it wasn’t me. It would be very hard if it was, if they got caught.”