To the Editor:
Friday, President Donald Trump ordered Attorney General Jeff Sessions and the Department of Justice to investigate, identify and presumably prosecute the anonymous “high government official” who authored the inside account of how s/he and others are mounting resistance to the president’s most dangerous notions and directives to protect the country from his malice and folly. The White House has mounted an extensive counterattack based not on evidence to the contrary of what was claimed in the New York Times Op-Ed, but strictly on the anonymity of the author whom the Times reports is known to them and vouches for.
No clearer parallel could be drawn to Deep Throat of Watergate fame. Yet, obviously, if the anonymous Deep Throat – later identified as FBI Associate Director Mark Felt – had been identified during the investigation of the Watergate scandal and fired from his job at the FBI, as President Richard Nixon would certainly have desired, Nixon would likely have survived and continued through his second term surreptitiously undermining our democracy.
Anonymity isn’t the question; truth is. If what was written in the Times is true, it is time for others in the White House who know this truth to come out in concert and announce it so and it’s time for Congress to begin impeachment proceedings to rid us of the menace of Donald Trump.