President Donald Trump's top trade adviser has become obsessed with identifying the anonymous author of a New York Times op-ed and book revealing chaos and dysfunction inside the White House.
Peter Navarro, who's extremely close to Trump, has has been conducting what amounts to forensic linguistic profiling of the author's writing and shared his findings with White House counsel Pat Cipollone, who's leading the official internal investigation, reported The Daily Beast.
Navarro has singled out at least one likely suspect who, as the author described themselves, is a “senior administration official,” and has compiled a written report for Cipollone, two sources told the website.
Other administration officials have also been conducting their own investigations to identify the anonymous author among them, according to one source, but not even clear the author still works in the administration.
Trump himself often asks senior aides about efforts to identify the author, according to sources close to the president, and both he and his allies see that person as confirmation of a "deep state" resistance within the government he leads as chief executive.