President Donald Trump said Friday he wanted Attorney General Jeff Sessions to launch an investigation into who authored the explosive anonymous opinion article published in The New York Times earlier this week.
"Jeff should be investigating who the author of that piece was, because I really believe it's national security," Trump told reporters aboard Air Force One.
It's not clear what national security reasons would prompt a Department of Justice investigation.
Asked if he was considering taking action against The Times, Trump replied, "we're going to see."
In the two days The New York Times published the piece — in which a someone identified only as a senior official in the Trump administration wrote that officials were working to thwart some of the president's initiatives that they believed could put the country at risk — Trump has relentlessly lashed out at the anonymous author, as well as the newspaper for publishing the piece.
And on Thursday, more than two dozen cabinet, cabinet-level and other top officials in the Trump administration rushed to deny they were behind the stunning article.