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    Anonymous administration official writes column describing anti-Trump resistance inside White House

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    In the first week of September 2018, an anonymous Trump administration official penned a column that was published by the New York Times, in which he or she described subterranean anti-Trump resistance from within the White House. 

    The official described a White house in which key officials actively worked to mitigate what they saw as the worst impulses by the president himself.  As such, this cabal had taken it upon themselves to work surreptitiously to minimize what they viewed as damage being purportrated by an unfit president.  

    The official said that this internal resistance action had come after concluding that removing Trump from office would result in a constitutional crisis.

    The official wrote, "Given the instability many witnessed, there were early whispers within the Cabinet of invoking the 25th Amendment*, which would start a complex process for removing the president. But no one wanted to precipitate a constitutional crisis. So we will do what we can to steer the administration in the right direction until — one way or another — it’s over."

    *Note: The 25th Amendment provides for a declaration in writing by the vice president and a majority in Cabinet that the president "is unable to discharge the powers and duties of his office."  Congress could also pass a law substituting another body for Cabinet with the same purpose in mind. Because the 25th Amendment has never ever before been invoked, the actual process could only be understood as uncharter territory.  However, because the provision does constitutionally exist, it could be argued that it might not be cast in the light of a constitutional crisis. 

    The official characterized the internal resistance effort as still highly conservative, and thus to be distinguished from the popular resistance effort by the political opposition. To this end, the official wrote, "We want the administration to succeed and think that many of its policies have already made America safer and more prosperous. But we believe our first duty is to this country, and the president continues to act in a manner that is detrimental to the health of our republic."

    The New York Times explained that it had published the column anonymously in order to protect the identity of the Trump administration insider, noting that the senior administrationcould be jeopardized if his or her identity was disclosed.

    President Trump condemned the column, calling it a "gutless editorial"  while the White House spokesperson, Sarah Sanders, cast the writer as a coward and called for his or her resignation. 

    The timing of the piece came the day after the initial excerpts of 
    the book, "Fear: Trump in the White House," by Bob Woodward of the Washington Post  was published, which contained several humiliating characterizations of President Trump by key members of his administration.

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