Did Jared Kushner Write the Anonymous NY Times Op-Ed? Columnist and Bookies Suggests He Did

A columnist for The Washington Post as well as oddsmakers have suggested that Jared Kushner could be the White House official behind the controversial anonymous New York Times op-ed declaring a "resistance" within the administration of Donald Trump.

David Von Drehle argued that Kushner, the president's son-in-law, is the person with the greatest incentive to write such an article. He also pointed out that bookies have given it 12-1 odds that the husband of Ivanka Trump is behind the op-ed.

"Rarely a month has passed during the reign of The Donald without a story leaking about his son-in-law and daughter laboring to curb the excesses of President Daddy," Von Drehle wrote.

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Jared Kushner (L), son-in-law of President Donald Trump and White House Senior Adviser, attends a lunch meeting with the president and Saudi Arabia's Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman in the Cabinet Room of the White House in Washington, DC on March 20 SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images

"The Jared Theory also answers a question so many have asked since the op-ed was published on Wednesday: Why doesn't this self-styled patriot resign? There's no leaving for Jared Kushner. As the saying goes: You marry The One, you marry the family," he argued.

Published by a top Trump official last week, the op-ed described how members of the administration work to minimize the damage of the president's "instability." The account also details Trump's "petty and ineffective" leadership style and his tendency toward erratic behavior.

"There is a quiet resistance within the administration of people choosing to put country first," the anonymous author wrote. "But the real difference will be made by everyday citizens rising above politics, reaching across the aisle and resolving to shed the labels in favor of a single one: Americans."

Although numerous top administration officials have denied being behind the article, Kushner on Thursday declined to answer questions from reporters regarding the opinion piece. House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi has speculated that Vice President Mike Pence is behind the article, however. Her perspective would also align more closely with an analysis by WikiLeaks, which posited that the author is most likely an older conservative male. But Pence has denied writing the article.

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President Donald Trump talks with White House senior advisor Jared Kushner as they attend a Hanukkah Reception in the East Room of the White House on December 7, 2017 in Washington, DC Drew Angerer/Getty Images

Trump accused The New York Times of using a "phony source" and questioned the actual existence of the "gutless anonymous person" behind the op-ed. He went further, tweeting that if the writer did actually exist newspaper "must," for reasons of national security, "turn him/her over to the government at once!"

In an interview published on Sunday by Reuters, former White House chief strategist Steve Bannon argued that the op-ed reveals a "coup" is taking place within the White House.

"What you saw the other day was as serious as it can get. This is a direct attack on the institutions," Bannon told the news agency. "This is a coup, okay."

"There is a cabal of Republic establishment figures who believe Donald Trump is not fit to be president of the United States. This is a crisis," he added.

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