"I don't know that I believe this, there's something stinky about the op-ed for me," she said on Thursday's show. "The timing is too odd and it gives all of the, what's the better word, the folks that think there's a deep state, it sort of gives them more things to make this particular man in the white house a victim."
"I'm not positive that I believe that this is from someone who's actually doing stuff," she added. "My gut is saying, it's a little smelly."
Huntsman, whose father is the current Ambassador of the United States to Russia under Trump, made sure to take his name off the list of possible resistance fighters.
"Full disclosure, my dad works for the administration. I did not write it, my dad did not write it, as far as I know," she said with a laugh. "My dad is a patriot, he serves the president. Both my brothers serve, they're in the military and they don't get a choice who the president is, you always stand up and you serve."
OP-ED AUTHOR A PATRIOT OR TRAITOR? The co-hosts weigh in on the anonymous 'New York Times' op-ed attributed to a senior Trump official, who writes there is a group working within the admin to thwart the "worst inclinations" on the part of the president. https://t.co/cHFwavO1xJ pic.twitter.com/R7esSehOAG
"This is a piece that was well thought out, that was very honest about how they're feeling," she continued. "My sense is it wasn't one person, it was probably a group of people. It's a decision that you have to make, do you serve someone you often disagree with, you don't love their style of leadership, but you love this country and you feel like what you can do in your job can help everybody else out. What do you do? Do you step aside and say I'm going to resign, be fired? If I'm speaking for myself, I'd rather have the best people in that room running that country."
Behar said she doesn't think resignation is an option for the mystery person, and said the "subversive" way the story is playing out is likely "frightening" to the Republican party.
"I think this person is a patriot," said Hostin. "I think this person is putting our country first. It sounds like someone who is very thoughtful, well versed in our country's politics. The person talks about Senator McCain, sounds like a military person to me."
"I also think that this person is probably saving our country when you think about it, I really do," she added.