Sen. Christopher Coons (D-Del.) said that he doesn’t know about any legal basis for the Justice Department to look into the identity of the secret writer of the New York Times op-ed which claimed to be a part of the “resistance” against Donald Trump within his terrible administration.
“Not that I’m aware of,” said Coons while on “Fox News Sunday” when he was asked if the DOJ should investigate the writer’s identity.
Coons’s comments followed Trump last week saying that DOJ officials should do so.
“The real issue here across all of these concerns is that we have a president who in his tweets and in his statements and speeches suggests that he thinks the Department of Justice should act more like the in-house lawyer department or legal department to the Trump Organization, rather than what they are: the independent agency charged with defending our constitution,” said Coons on Sunday.
“The independence of the DOJ and its prosecutorial decisions from presidential or political interference is one of the bedrocks of our democracy,” Coons continued.
The op-ed that was published in the New York Times last week shook the White House. The Times described the op-ed’s author as “a senior official in the Trump administration whose identity is known to us and whose job would be jeopardized by its disclosure.”
With the op-ed, the official bashed Trump’s “amorality” and then praised the work of the “unsung heroes” who fight against him, describing the coordinated efforts among the Trump administration staff.