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Trump wants Sessions to investigate New York Times op-ed writer, citing a 'national security' issue

Trump wants Sessions to investigate New York Times op-ed writer, citing a 'national security' issue
President Trump said Atty. Gen. Jeff Sessions should investigate the identity of the author of a New York Times opinion piece that was critical of his leadership. (Nicholas Kamm / AFP/Getty Images)

President Trump says Atty. Gen. Jeff Sessions should investigate the identity of the author of an anonymous New York Times opinion piece.

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Trump says in an interview Friday with reporters aboard Air Force One that he believes the opinion piece critical of his leadership is a "national security" issue.

Asked if he would take any action against the Times, Trump says, "we're going to see, I'm looking at that right now."

Adds Trump: "We're going to take a look at what he had, what he gave, what he's talking about, also where he is right now."

Trump says if the person had a high-level security clearance, "I don't want him in those meetings."

Trump reiterated that it was a "disgrace" that the Times would publish the piece.

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