Pence confident no one on his staff wrote NY Times column

Pauline Gross
September 11, 2018

Omarosa Manigault Newman, the former White House aide who has been a thorn in the side of the Trump administration these past few weeks with her damning revelations about the Trump White House, thinks she knows who's behind an anonymous New York Times op-ed piece about the administration. Republican Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky has said Trump would be justified in using lie detectors to ferret out the anonymous essay writer.

"But no one wanted to precipitate a constitutional crisis", the official wrote.

"To have an individual who took that oath - literally say that they work every day to frustrate the president advancing the agenda he was elected to advance, is undemocratic".

Pence and the President's counselor, Kellyanne Conway, tried to put the spotlight on the motives of the anonymous official, warning that there could be "criminal" dimensions to the op-ed, boosting Trump's calls for a Justice Department investigation.

In an editor's note, the Times said it knows the author's identity but agreed not to reveal it because the person's job would be jeopardized.

Acknowledging such action wasn't illegal, Pence added "every senior official in any administration takes an oath to the Constitution" which he said the author violated.

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"I would. I would be more than willing to continue to provide any and all support in that", Pence said. "And we are trying to do what's right even when Donald Trump won't". The president has yet to say whether he'd go that far, but Pence says he'd be willing to submit to such an examination.

Mike Pence is one of several senior administration officials who have publicly denied that they wrote the article.

Trump, meanwhile, has denounced the Times opinion piece as "gutless" and its publication as a "disgrace" bordering on treason.

Mr Woodward has said he stands by his reporting. The book, Fear: Trump in the White House, is scheduled to be formally released this week, all but ensuring that the debate over Mr Trump's leadership ability and style will extend into a second straight week. The Justice Department is supposed to make investigative decisions free of political pressure from the White House and the president.

He also derided National Football League ratings, blaming "take a knee" protests; hailed the state of the economy; defended his trade tariffs; and cited Fox News, his favorite outlet, as saying North Korea is committed to full denuclearization.

Though Mueller has not yet asked to interview Pence, the vice president said he would continue to "fully cooperate" with the investigation.

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