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CNN Analyst Thinks Ousted DHS Secretary Nielsen Wrote The Infamous NYT Op-ed

Virginia Kruta Associate Editor

CNN analyst Josh Campbell said on Sunday that he now believes departing Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen authored the now-infamous New York Times op-ed criticizing President Donald Trump.

Referencing his own training as an investigator, Campbell suggested that prolific use of commas and em dashes in Nielsen’s resignation letter reflected a striking similarity to the NYT op-ed.

Campbell later argued that Nielsen’s “style and cadence” bore a resemblance to that of the NYT piece — and included several words that also appeared in both, such as “historic,” “thwart,” “discourse” and “safer.”

Campbell had floated a possible connection between Nielsen and the op-ed in September of 2018 as well.

Others in the media had made the case that former Director of National Intelligence Dan Coates, Vice President Mike Pence, First Lady Melania Trump or First Daughter Ivanka Trump wrote it. (RELATED: Without Any Evidence, Members Of The Media Speculate Openly About Anonymous NYT Writer)

No one has come forward to claim the op-ed, which argued that Trump was essentially a loose cannon, only tethered to reality by the “adults in the room” who would make sure that the administration did the right thing.

“It may be cold comfort in this chaotic era, but Americans should know that there are adults in the room. We fully recognize what is happening. And we are trying to do what’s right even when Donald Trump won’t,” the author explained.

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