Jimmy Kimmel Says Jared Kushner Behind NYT Op-ed

Late night host Jimmy Kimmel has offered a new theory regarding the author of the now-infamous New York Times op-ed, declaring that Jared Kushner is behind the piece revealing an anti-Trump "resistance" movement within the White House.

Despite days of concerted attention and investigation—the piece received over 10 million page views within the first 24 hours—the anonymous "senior official" who wrote it remains unidentified. The president and his press team have reacted furiously, calling the author a "gutless loser" and accusing them of treason. Potential suspects have included Vice President Mike Pence, Attorney General Jeff Sessions and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo.

While Kimmel previously suggested it was Pence, he now has a new hypothesis. "I already know who it is," he declared. "I know the name of the person who wrote this. It's Jared. It's Jared Kushner, his son-in-law. I thought about it all night last night, I'm totally convinced it's him."

Kimmel gave three reasons for his theory. First, Kushner's potential personal motives. "Could you imagine having Donald Trump as a father-in-law?" Kimmel asked. "Everyday you come to work at the White House, your boss has your wife sitting in his lap. It's a lot to swallow."

He then cited Jared Kushner's personal history, beginning with the name of his real-estate company: "Cadre" which means "a group of activists in a communist or other revolutionary organization." "A revolutionary organization?" Kimmel said. "Like maybe a member of a secret White House resistance?"

Kimmel then went on describe the scandalous story of Kushner's father, who went to prison for hiring a sex worker to seduce his own brother-in-law, as further proof of character. Kushner's father secretly filmed them having sex with hidden cameras and then sent the tape to his sister. "You think that person's son wouldn't flip on his father-in-law?" Kimmel said. "It's in his DNA."

"And finally, my final part of this hypothesis is: just look at him," Kimmel concluded. "And look at the way he looks at Donald Trump. In every picture, he's there in the background fantasizing about ways to destroy him."

Kimmel's theory may not convince many, especially as it doesn't even completely convince Kimmel himself. He also gave his backing to Senator Rand Paul's plan to make everyone in the White House take a lie detector test.

"I'm all for it," Kimmel said. "Give everyone a lie detector test. Ask everyone in the White House staff, 'Do you think the president is a dangerous idiot?'"

On Thursday, Trump and his team continued their attacks on the anonymous author and the New York Times. "To the writer of the op-ed—you are not protecting this country, you are sabotaging it with your cowardly actions," First Lady Melania Trump wrote.