Rob Porter, Gary Cohn push back on Woodward book

President Donald Trump attends a meeting in the White House

President Donald Trump attends a meeting in the White House

Woodward describes the operations inside Trump's White House as an "administrative coup d'etat" with aides around Trump "conspiring" to remove papers from the President's desk so that he can't sign them.

Former White House chief strategist Steve Bannon said Monday he does not believe the anonymous New York Times op-ed is the work of one individual, but was a collective work by up to a dozen officials.

What is most troubling, however, is Woodward's praise and obvious admiration for those who undermine a duly elected president by doing things like sneaking documents off his desk, by hiding stuff from him.

"It's obviously been very rough", he said of the emotional toll the investigation has taken.

But on Monday, the White House reasserted its interest in studying whether any laws were broken by the explosive op-ed's author.

He insists the writer must be a "low-level individual" within the White House, and repeated calls for the Justice Department to unmask the author of the "disgusting" and "sad" piece.

Asked whether the administration is attempting to ferret out the culprit, Sanders said the staff is "focused on things that actually matter". He said people in Trump's administration are anxious that the president will sign things or give orders that threaten US or world security and finances.

White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders speaks during the daily press briefing at the White House, Sept. 10, 2018, in Washington. Before she stepped into the room, aides were seen wiping dust from her podium and polishing the video screens that sit behind her. But she ruled out the possibility that lie detector tests would be used in the search, as pro-Trump senator Rand Paul has suggested and vice-president Mike Pence volunteered to undergo. We need to know what's going on'. "It is mostly anonymous sources in here".

Rob Porter, the staff secretary, said this was nearly Nixonian.

Woodward, who worked with reporter Carl Bernstein to break the news of the Nixon-era Watergate scandal, said the use of anonymous sources is necessary when covering presidential administrations. "He was caught cold, even by NBC", Trump tweeted.

"I think there are people in there that he can trust, it's just - it's a much smaller group than I would like it to be", Trump Jr. said in an interview aired Tuesday on ABC's "Good Morning America". Democrats can't stand losing. Trump has personally taken offense to the book's contents, which he described as "another assault against me".

When Trump phoned the journalist in early August, after his manuscript had been completed, Woodward told him why he had wanted to write the book. Many senior aides have also scrambled to deny they made the comments, claiming they weren't quoted accurately by the investigative reporter. "These quotes were made up", Mr Trump said last week, calling the book a "scam".

"The reporting is President Trump is disappointed with Bill Shine and the way the White House has responded to this new book".

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