CNN ‘genius’ ex-FBI agent compares anonymous anti-Trump NY Times op-ed with Nielsen letter

Mystery solved!

One self-proclaimed expert and former FBI agent has “analyzed” Kirstjen Nielsen’s resignation letter and come up with a conclusion.

CNN contributor Josh Campbell went out on a limb Sunday evening and congratulated himself for determining that Nielsen’s writing style matches the anonymous September 2018 New York Times op-ed that caused a stir in the White House. Should we be surprised that a boatload of fellow social-media crazies hopped on board for another sloppy ride on a conspiracy cruise?

Campbell boasted on Twitter, “As a trained investigator, I’m just going to go on record now saying that anonymous NYT op-ed was LOADED with commas and em dashes. And so is this resignation letter.”

In a follow-up, he stated, “I might be wrong, but the style and cadence…

At the time the anonymous op-ed was published last year, it was the talk of the swamp. It was entitled “I Am Part of the Resistance Inside the Trump Administration,” and claimed that “many of the senior officials in his own administration are working diligently from within to frustrate parts of his agenda and his worst inclinations.”

The writer alleged “there were early whispers within the cabinet of invoking the 25th Amendment” but that “no one wanted to precipitate a constitutional crisis.”

Opportunistic Democrats used the op-ed to publicly suggest and debate how President Trump could be removed via the 25th Amendment.

Anonymity is a frequent, helpful cloak used by the left to sow doubt and discontent. CNN’s Jake Tapper reported that Nielsen was forced out by the President Sunday night. He tweeted that Secretary Nielsen “believed the situation was becoming untenable with the President becoming increasingly unhinged about the border crisis and making unreasonable and even impossible requests.” His source was an anonymous senior administration official.

Meanwhile, others in the media have embraced a different storyline in connection with Niesen’s departure. The Washington Times has posted a front-page headline that reads: “Kirstjen Nielsen blames Congress for her decision to resign as Homeland Security secretary” for an article that says: “She suggested in her resignation letter that Congress has tuned her out and she’s no longer able to be a convincing advocate for Mr. Trump’s agenda.”

Clearly, had Congress done its job and helped DHS at the border to protect Americans, things would be very different all the way around.

The President did not have much to say about the matter. “Secretary of Homeland Security Kirstjen Nielsen will be leaving her position, and I would like to thank her for her service,” he wrote on Twitter Sunday night.

He indicated that he has named Kevin McAleenan, head of Customs and Border Protection, to act as Homeland Security secretary.

As for Nielsen’s connection to the September 2018 anonymous op-ed, well … the analyst making that claim is a CNN contributor. His bio states that he spent some time as an FBI special agent. So that’s two strikes against him.

I think we’ll need a little more than this crafty gentleman’s shot in the dark about commas and em dashes before hanging that accusation on the former DHS leader.


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