Op-ed piece about Trump administration described as alarming, call for probe into NYT article

Former US Attorney General Eric Holder says an anonymous New York Times opinion piece criticizing President Donald Trump is "alarming'', but "consistent with what we have seen in previous books, in previous stories about the dysfunction of this administration.''

An anonymous senior official claims to be part of a "resistance'' working ``from within'' to thwart Trump's most dangerous impulses.

Holder made the comments in Las Vegas Thursday while appearing with a Nevada gubernatorial candidate.

The Democrat says the focus should not be on which Trump administration official wrote the piece, but on its content.

Holder says it's "also disturbing to think that you could have people who are not elected making decisions about the way in which this country is governed.''

Sen. Elizabeth Warren says if President Donald Trump's Cabinet thinks he is unfit for office, they should remove him.

The Massachusetts Democrat made the comments in a fundraising email Thursday.

Warren says if senior officials believe the president is unfit, "they should stop hiding behind anonymous op-eds and leaking information to Bob Woodward'' and "do what the Constitution demands they do: invoke the 25th Amendment and remove this president from office.''

The 25th Amendment allows the vice-president to take over if the commander in chief is ``unable to discharge the powers and duties of his office.''

Meantime, a congressional ally of President Trump, however, says he thinks Congress could investigate which senior administration official wrote the opinion piece.

Rep. Mark Meadows, R-N.C., says he thinks the issue is "serious from a national security standpoint.'' 

He is the chairman of a House subcommittee that oversees the president's executive office and a founder of conservative Freedom Caucus.

Meadows, chairman of the conservative House Freedom Caucus, said he disagrees with House Speaker Paul Ryan, who said earlier in the day that he doesn't know what role Congress would have in investigating the opinion piece. 

Meadows said that "we are looking at what is proper'' to investigate but said he hasn't yet taken "concrete steps.''

Many members of Trump Cabinet have denied writing the column.

 

 

- With files from The Associated Press