7th September 2018
Looking at the way the op-ed is written I suspect that Jeff Sessions or his speechwriter (Rod Rosenstein?) wrote the anonymous New York Times op-ed on Trump.
I've noticed the following linguistic similarites between the op-ed and the text of speeches given by Jeff Sessions:
In the op-ed hyphenation is used for emphasis:
"The dilemma — which he does not fully grasp — is that many...."
"in the right direction until — one way or another — it’s over."
Jeff Sessions 'Church Leaders' speech June 14 2018 justice.gov
"We have an historic opportunity to — finally — fix an immigration system..."
"and the percentage of meritorious asylum claims — those actually granted — declined."
'But' used seven times at start of sentence in op-ed.
'Or' used four times at start of sentence in op-ed.
'And' used once at start of sentence in op-ed.
In the 'Legislative Day' speech:
'But' used five times at start of sentence
'Or' used once at start of sentence
'And' used twelve times at start of sentence.
In the 'Church Leaders' speech:
'But' used six times at start of sentence.
'Or' used once at start of sentence.
'And' used four times at start of sentence.