Woodward's description of that situation as an "administrative coup d'etat" echoes that of an anonymous senior administration official who spoke, in a recent New York Times op-ed, of a "quiet resistance" to Trump.
Those sentiments landed on a hot public griddle, courtesy of famous presidential chronicler Bob Woodward.
The White House reportedly has a list of about 12 suspects.
But opposition has also led Times reporters to uncover important facts about the president's cozy relationships with dictators, his family's and senior staff members' conflicts of interest and self-dealing, and Special Counsel Robert Mueller's ongoing investigation into Russia's interference in the 2016 presidential election. "I know the president is very unconventional".
Berstein said the the book and the op-ed together create a picture and that is "extraordinary".
Former Trump campaign aide Michael Caputo believes there's a simple way to get to the bottom of it.
In the piece, titled "I Am Part of the Resistance Inside the Trump Administration", the author claimed to be part of a "resistance" working "from within" to "frustrate parts of [Trump's] agenda and his worst inclinations".
Woodward describes the situation in his forthcoming book "Fear" and also discussed it in an interview on 'CBS Sunday Morning'.
"Specific incidents are the building blocks of journalism", Woodward said.
And people who agree with President Trump that the anonymous assault was "cowardly" have a point when they argue that its author should have resigned, or accept being fired rather than continue working for a president he or she believes is "impetuous, adversarial, petty and ineffective".
Woodward and Carl Bernstein's reporting on Watergate for The Washington Post helped end the Nixon presidency.
Trump wrote, "Does the so-called "Senior Administration Official" really exist, or is it just the Failing New York Times with another phony source?"
"People who work for him are anxious - that he will sign things or give orders that threaten the national security or financial security of the country or of the world", Woodward told 'CBS Sunday Morning'.
He is one of the most respected living U.S. journalists, and has written extensively on modern American presidents, earning praise from Trump himself in 2013 for his work on Barack Obama.
"So, well done, New York Times".
Asked how many people he interviewed, Woodward said, "Over a hundred".
The assertions in the column were largely in line with complaints about Trump's behavior that have repeatedly been raised by various administration officials, often speaking on the condition of anonymity. Others argued that the word "lodestar" could have been included to throw people off.
The @nytimes should be ashamed and so should the person who wrote the false, illogical, and gutless op-ed.
"Nothing in this town stays secret forever, and so ultimately I do think we will find out who is the author", Meadows said. I don't even know why any of us are here.
That amendment allows for the removal of the president, if he's deemed to be unfit.