The many examples of Trump officials resisting the President

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A similar claim was made in the now-infamous "Lodestar" editorial to the New York Times, in which an anonymous White House official also wrote of an in-house "resistance" attempting to thwart Trump.

Trump said last week that Attorney General Jeff Sessions should investigate who authored the Times story as a matter of national security.

The author wrote that there was a resistance working within the administration to thwart the president's worst impulses. If a person is bold enough to accuse people of negative actions, they have a responsibility to publicly stand by their words and people have the right to be able to defend themselves.

The manifesto followed the release of excerpts from a bombshell book by Watergate reporter Bob Woodward, who portrayed Trump's White House as an out-of-control "crazytown".

"What this proves out is that The New York Times is the country's national newspaper", said media analyst Ken Doctor.

In his book, as The Washington Post explains, Woodward paints a picture of Trump being nearly unrelentingly paranoid about the Mueller investigation, to the point that his fear has essentially stalled functioning in the White House for days at a time. And some of the most senior members of the Trump administration were forced to deny they were the author of the attack on their boss.

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Murphy and others argued the op-ed signals an important shift in Trump's presidency, even if it did not come as a surprise. Others argued that the word "lodestar" could have been included to throw people off. His spokesman Jarrod Agen said: "Our office is above such amateur acts", adding that the writer "should be ashamed".

That measure defines methods to legally remove a president from office. Short parts of Fear: Trump in the White House were published Tuesday in The Washington Post.

The writer also alleged Mr Trump has a "preference for autocrats and dictators, such as president Vladimir Putin of Russian Federation and North Korea leader Kim Jong-un".

"What's really going on here is that Bob Woodward's book, and the contents of what is in the anonymous piece in The New York Times, is that those closest to the president of the United States are saying we must save the country from the president", Bernstein told Anderson Cooper on CNN.

White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders also called on the "coward" who wrote the piece to "do the right thing and resign".

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