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The White House is scrambling to uncover the identity of the “senior official in the Trump administration” who penned a fiery op-ed for The New York Times describing the inside resistance to the president and his agenda.

The opinion piece went viral and the hunt began immediately within the administration to uncover the writer. President Donald Trump on Twitter questioned whether the op-ed was “treason,” and he called for a federal investigation by the U.S. Justice Department. Numerous senior officials—including Vice President Mike Pence and Nikki Haley, the United Nations ambassador—have denied writing the op-ed. Many officials have called on the writer to resign.

There are all sorts of workplace legal issues in play right now—both for the anonymous writer, who may be consulting a lawyer about job protections, and for the White House itself. The Trump administration should proceed with care to avoid creating a pattern of retaliation for future whistleblower cases, employment attorneys said in interviews.

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