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Trump wants Justice Dept to unmask author of New York Times opinion piece

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I don't think anyone in the Trump administration penned a letter saying they were betraying him. I think it is a manipulation to get Trump to implode on himself.

Duped by a USC student, someone ran the "essay" through http://turnitin.com . It showed as a 100% match to a USC student essay, turned in without citation - making it an original essay-sept 5-overachiever! Archived & submitted to the repository within minutes of New York Times.

The treason piece was submitted as part of a college essay by a USC student on September 5th. It did not originate within the white house.

The MSM figured it sounded good so they published it to sow discord within the Trump administration, and attempt to get Trump to self-destruct the white house.

So basically the New York Times dug up a college essay within minutes of it hitting the college archives and becoming searchable. Then published it with a fabricated back story to cause the Trump administration to implode on itself. That's quite a psych war tactic I must say!!

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he can't use the legal system to go after people who just don't like or respect him

Say the people who've wanted to impeach Trump from the outset of his presidency--literally since day 1--simply because they don't like him.

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The author is a coward, he should resign his position, identify himself and openly state his case.

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"Trump, like his barely literate supporters"

Deplorable, irredeemable, barely literate supporters!

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He does not understand that in the American system of government, law enforcement, the justice department, and the judiciary are not supposed to respond to requests or orders from the executive branch; they are supposed to be independent.

If Trump wants to change the way that he is perceived and treated, then he should change the way that he behaves. Since that is not going to happen, he, and we, should expect nothing but more chaos and incompetent governing from the White House.

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Kentucky Sen Rand Paul, a key ally of Trump's, called for the president to order those suspected of being the author to undergo lie-detector tests.

"People are suggesting it," Trump said Friday, steering clear of explicitly endorsing the proposal. "Eventually the name of this sick person will come out."

Great idea.

EVERYONE in the (not so) White House, who has any level of Security Clearance, should be compelled to undergo a lie-detector test.

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Burning BushSep. 8  07:11 pm JST

Politics aside, this sets a horrible precedent in American government.

People who are sworn to loyalty and secrecy are now apparently allowed and encouraged to leak information to the press anonymously.

This person forswore their oath (automatically discrediting themselves) and is borderline treasonous.

Arrant Nonsense and, dare I say it, twaddle.

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coskuriSep. 8  07:38 pm JST

To be safe, Trump should fire everybody in WH and hire fresh ones.

Could you really trust this idiot not to make the same mistake again.

Further, how many ‘Best of the Best’ could possibly be left for him to chose from.

And, how many of them would want to take on a job that could, potentially, land them in jail.

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takeda.shingen.1991@gmail.comSep. 8  10:43 pm JST

Good idea. Then maybe we can have the justice department release fatty's tax returns. Transparency is a virtue, right fatty?

While the ‘fat one’, you refer to, might agree with you, he would probably counter-argue that, non-disclosure and obfuscation is not a Crime, only a Sin, over which the Justice Department has no jurisdiction.

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It has always been my understanding that masks are usually worn by Superheroes.

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Chip StarToday  08:24 am JST

Trump, like his barely literate supporters, obviously has no understanding of the contours of the Constitution.

Or it’s Content, for that matter.

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Ah_soSep. 8  04:59 pm JST

small-p president.

Gremin-gaijin - is this an observation of Stormy Daniels?

Unfortunately, forces beyond my control prevent me from giving you the full and detailed answer, to your question, I had prepared.

So, You will have to be content with - No.

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No one in the American government swears loyalty to a particular administration. They either don't swear any kind of loyalty, or they swear loyalty to the Constitution.

Well, in this case, people were required by Trump to sign a loyalty oath. A loyalty oath is not considered valid by any US court, but people not wanting to lose their jobs signed one because Trump insisted that they do so. Clearly, loyalty to Trump is more important than loyalty to the USA, or to the Constitution ... at least in this Whitehouse. Next will probably be full prostration, or at least lots of bowing. Hmmm... maybe some kind of hand gesture of respect and subservience would be good, too....

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Trump, like his barely literate supporters, obviously has no understanding of the contours of the Constitution.

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Ah_so

If the author gave his name away, how could he continue his important work of protecting the American people from its current President?

VP Pence is the only person he cannot fire. The VP's office would rise in stature and could be the last straw in implementing the 25th amendment to oust a mentally ill president (that's what it's there for)

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unfit for office to the core

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Unmask him and FIVE MORE will take his place!

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She is an Obama leftover who is being controlled by Brennan

Do you still believe a DNC hit squad murdered Seth Rich and coordinated the cover-up with secret Democratic sympathizers in the police and the FBI?

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Good idea. Then maybe we can have the justice department release fatty's tax returns. Transparency is a virtue, right fatty?

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Democrats? This is strictly a Republican issue. Good luck in finding him or her.

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substantiated rumors?

Aren't those called facts?

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People who are sworn to loyalty and secrecy...

Ha! Maybe Trump should be informed of this. Everyone intelligent knew his mendacity would return to bite him, and this is just the beginning - when the worm turns, others follow.

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No, but the President has the right and should weed out anyone that he feels could jeopardize his agenda. He should administer everyone to take a polygraph test.

Some people obviously don't know the difference between a right and a privilege. The president has the privilege to manage his people the way he sees fit as long as he doesn't do so in an illegal manner. Rights are found in the, wait for it . . . Bill of Rights.

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shredding the constitution, devaluing it and delegitimizing it starting with the wussification of taking down historical monuments and trying to make past history and historical events irrelevant.

How is removing statues that honor racists that led the charge to physically divide the country related to the Constitution?

Nice attempt at emasculating those you disagree with. That is the hallmark of great argumentation.

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The anonymous author, hiding his identity, has no credibility.

But nor does the President he serves.

If the author gave his name away, how could he continue his important work of protecting the American people from its current President?

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Burning BushToday  07:11 pm JST

People who are sworn to loyalty and secrecy are now apparently allowed and encouraged to leak information to the press anonymously.

No one in the American government swears loyalty to a particular administration. They either don't swear any kind of loyalty, or they swear loyalty to the Constitution.

This person forswore their oath (automatically discrediting themselves) and is borderline treasonous.

No, it is not remotely treasonous to leak non-classified information that is of public interest.

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The anonymous author, hiding his identity, has no credibility.

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Politics aside, this sets a horrible precedent in American government.

Absolutely true. Next time Americans should be much more careful about electing an administration staffed by so amny who have no regard for the oath ofoffice which they took.

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People who are sworn to loyalty and secrecy are now apparently allowed and encouraged to leak information to the press anonymously.

For once i think you may have a point, but all governments have leaks. I am not sure that they literally swear an oath of allegiance to the President, however.

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To be safe, Trump should fire everybody in WH and hire fresh ones.

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Politics aside, this sets a horrible precedent in American government.

People who are sworn to loyalty and secrecy are now apparently allowed and encouraged to leak information to the press anonymously.

This person forswore their oath (automatically discrediting themselves) and is borderline treasonous.

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Someone tell him it was me!

I could do with my 5 minutes of fame, and I could write a follow up for the deal! (with truth not being truth and alternative facts, why not me??).

Please?!

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Not that hard to find. Definitively a woman and definitely someone connected to John Brennan.

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Only fascists pretend you can get open, transparent government by demanding the government investigate private, independent journalists.

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The op-ed in the NY Times was a WH press release, look at the timing and the wording. The NY Times would not have printed it if they didn't recognize its source. Its a win win situation, NY Times gets a scoop , knowing that the source will never be challenged, the WH gets more sympathy to rally its base , because of the looming mid terms. We all know the WH will never find the source of the op-ed, because it was prepared and released by the WH. This is just another political move to get peoples attention away from the damming book release and the Judicial hearing for the confirmation of Kavanaugh.

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small-p president.

Gremin-gaijin - is this an observation of Stormy Daniels?

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There is so much bad news for Trump that we haven't even had time to mention that George Papadopoulos has been imprisoned for lying to the enquiry into Russian influence into the election.

Perhaps Trump should ask the justice department to spend more time getting to the bottom of Russia'sattempts to influence the election, not disloyalty among his appointees.

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lincolnman  03:39 pm JST

I'll make another guess on "Anonymous" and say its Jeff Sessions - Trump called him a "dumb Southerner", "Mr Magoo", "retarded", and "He couldn’t even be a one-person country lawyer down in Alabama.”

The little boll-weevil strikes back....

And the little boll weevil can be devastatingly destructive!

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Or even sadder if it was one of his relatives.

Donald Jr. has been publicly, and mercilessly, abused, derided and humiliated by his father for a long, long time.

Even poodles have been known to turn on their owners if they are mistreated for long enough.

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Oh, PLEASE sue the Times. Your deposition and court testimony, as well as the testimony of your minions under oath, would be priceless.

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Burning BushToday  02:09 pm JST

The people deserve a transparent, accountable government.

To replace the one currently presided over by a transparently incompetent, irrational, immature and increasingly demented, small-p president.

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LagunaToday  03:45 pm JST

As a boy, I often fished at a pond with my grandfather. One day, I dipped my line into the bucket that contained a bass we had caught, and it immediately took the bait again. My grandfather noted, "Some animals are incapable of learning."

Your grandfather was a very wise man.

However, @bass4funk claimed in one recent that he had ‘evolved’ - I’ve seen no evidence in his subsequent posts to support that claim.

Your grandfather’s wisdom prevails.

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Agreed. And if the Trump administration can’t sort this out, Congress should start investigations. We need the truth in this dysfunctional WH being subverted from within. Who is this shallow state resistance? Expose ‘em and subpoena them to testify in front of House committees.

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Henceforth, all editorials with a negative view of orange-haired Presidents will be considered treason. Executions will be begin immediately, Henceforth, the opinions published on editorial pages will need to be approved to avoid inefficient reporting. There was no collusion, and things are really terrific. Things are going really well.

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The people deserve a transparent, accountable government.

No more behind the shadows deals and secrecy.

Let the people know who's spreading this divisive disinformation and substantiated rumors

Couldn’t agree more. The sooner we are rid of Trump, the sooner the US can have a transparent, accountable government that doesnot spread divisive disinformation and unsubstantiated rumors.

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Let the people know who's spreading this divisive disinformation and substantiated rumors.

We already know thanks; your precious captain.

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I'll make another guess on "Anonymous" and say its Jeff Sessions - Trump called him a "dumb Southerner", "Mr Magoo", "retarded", and "He couldn’t even be a one-person country lawyer down in Alabama.”

The little boll-weevil strikes back....

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@burningbush The people deserve a transparent, accountable government.

100% correct. But remember it was GoTrumpers who wanted a man with a shady, at best, business history, a man who throughout his life has paid armies of lawyers and accountants to cover up his mistakes.

To have a transparent, accountable government, maybe Trump could start by showing his most current tax info. Show the public where all he's invested and who all he's in the owe to.

Let the people know who's spreading this divisive disinformation and substantiated rumors.

It's a pretty sad statement about Trump if one of his handpicked sycophants is the one who wrote this. Or even sadder if it was one of his relatives.

Regardless, whoever wrote it recognizes that the country's in trouble with such an unstable man at the helm. Especially one like Trump who's beholden to 'foreign' despots.

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The people deserve a transparent, accountable government.

No more behind the shadows deals and secrecy.

Let the people know who's spreading this divisive disinformation and substantiated rumors.

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Will someone in the repub party PLEASE teach the idiot in chief the difference between democracy & dictatorship!!!

Second thought forget, far to many repub's also clearly don't know the difference, what a MESS USA, USA MESS!!!

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Nothing surprising here. Trump hasn't hid his desire to muzzle the press. Ironic that he took an oath to uphold the Constitution he keeps trying to shred.

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Tissues Donny boi....the man has no understanding how his own government works...an utter embarrassment for the majority of the American people...lock him up

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Once more, the Great Orange Fifth Grader shows how ignorant he is of the Constitution and of due process in our criminal justice system.

There is no crime or probable cause that a crime was committed. It is not a criminal matter.

By calling for a criminal investigation Trump shows where he wants to take our country - to one very similar to his close friend and adviser Vlad the Great...

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I bet he does!

Because Trump is so ridiculously unqualified to have any position in the government; he doesn't understand that the Justice Dept does not work for him and that he can't use the legal system to go after people who just don't like or respect him. Trump is an enormous embarrassment to our country.

We don't live in Russia!

More evidence to prove the authenticity of Woodard's book.

CNN Publishes Letter Reportedly Stolen From President Trump's Desk

https://finance.yahoo.com/news/cnn-publishes-letter-reportedly-stolen-133229806.html

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So much for the so called freedom of speech!

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