Trump Jr.: Justice Department should investigate author of anonymous op-ed

Trump Jr.: Justice Department should investigate author of anonymous op-ed
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Donald Trump Jr.Donald (Don) John TrumpTrump's son attacks LGBT magazine op-ed that calls effort to decriminalize homosexuality 'racist' Gillibrand uses Trump Jr. tweet to fundraise Trump has publicly criticized Russia probe more than 1,100 times: NY Times MORE is joining the chorus of White House officials who are calling on the Justice Department to investigate the author of an anonymous New York Times op-ed critical of President TrumpDonald John TrumpJustice Department preparing for Mueller report as soon as next week: reports Smollett lawyers declare 'Empire' star innocent Pelosi asks members to support resolution against emergency declaration MORE

The president's eldest son implied the author's actions were criminal during an interview aired Tuesday on ABC's "Good Morning America." 


"Perhaps it’s a disgruntled person who’s been thrown out because they didn’t deliver on what they were supposed to do," he said.

"What's the crime, though?" asked ABC's White House correspondent Tara Palmeri. 

"I think you’re subverting the will of the people," Trump Jr. replied. "To try to control the presidency while not the president — you have millions and millions of Americans who voted for this."

Trump Jr. at another point in the interview said he believes it is a "low-level person." 

The op-ed, authored by a "senior administration official," describes a network of White House staffers seeking to protect the country from the president's "worst inclinations." The author says members of the so-called resistance within the Trump administration consider the president "amoral" and dangerously impulsive.

Trump Jr. called the op-ed "pretty disgusting" and "sad."

The president, White House counselor Kellyanne Conway and White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders have all suggested that the Justice Department open up an investigation into the anonymous author's identity.

Sanders during a Monday press briefing said the individual might pose a threat to national security if they have access to sensitive information.

"If that individual is in meetings where national security is being discussed or other topics, and they seek to undermine the executive branch, that would certainly be problematic and something that the Justice Department should look into," Sanders said.