Deep State: For those who doubt the existence of the so-called Deep State, recent unsettling news provides more than ample proof it exists. Indeed, not only does the Deep State exist, it's far more dangerous to Americans' liberties than first thought.
President Trump earlier this week said that he would release a trove of documents related to the Russia investigation and declassify their contents. Included are 21 pages taken from a June 2017 Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) application used to spy on former Trump aide Carter Page.
Along with those pages, Trump also seeks release of unredacted FBI notes made during interviews conducted for the FISA application, along with text messages related to Russia and notes from FBI interviews with Bruce Ohr, the No. 4 official in the Justice Department.
Why is that key? Ohr had close ties to former British spy Christopher Steele, who authored the so-called Trump dossier for Fusion GPS. Steele, whose work was funded by the Hillary Clinton campaign and by the Clinton-controlled Democratic National Committee, served as an informant to the FBI until he was let go for leaking to the media. But Ohr's wife, Nellie, continued to work for Fusion GPS, a fact that Bruce Ohr didn't reveal on his mandatory federal disclosure filings.
Trump also wants text messages from disgraced former FBI officials James Comey, Andrew McCabe, Peter Strzok and Lisa Page.
House Republican Ire
In doing all this, Trump isn't acting alone. He's been prodded by a group of House Republicans, led by House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes, R-Calif. Nunes says the documents will show that, in order to spy on the Trump campaign, there was FBI abuse of the FISA application process.
Given the seriousness of these charges, and the fact that Democrats in Congress have leaked like a sieve to their favorite lefty media stars, you'd think they'd be willing, eager even, to release as much information as possible. After all, they're the ones who allege Trump "colluded" with the Russians.
But you'd be wrong. In fact, Reps. Nancy Pelosi and Adam Schiff and Sens. Chuck Schumer and Mark Warner hit the panic button, sending a letter Tuesday to Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, FBI Director Christopher Wray and National Intelligence Director Dan Coats expressing "profound alarm" at the documents' release and calling it a "brazen abuse of power."
Given their routine and incredibly casual treatment of past actual secrets, it's hard to take the Democrats seriously at all when they express concern about classified information being made public.
No, what they're really worried about is that Nunes is right. There are highly questionable connections between officials in the Justice Department, FBI, CIA and Hillary Clinton campaign. They suggest that U.S. officials actively used their offices and taxpayer funds to sabotage Donald Trump's 2016 presidential campaign. If so, it's a criminal conspiracy. People should go to prison.
Yet, shockingly, while Trump ordered the "immediate declassification" of the materials, the Deep State has other ideas. Justice, the FBI and the National Intelligence director's office are slow-walking the release. They plan to redact the documents, despite Trump's lawful order.
That's the Deep State in action.
But that's not all. James O'Keefe's Project Veritas has released a secretly shot video of a leftist Department of Justice employee admitting that "she does research on the home addresses and license plates of private individuals who are then targeted for loud protests at their homes by socialist demonstrators." The employee, Allison Hrabar, was one of the people who disrupted a private dinner by Department of Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen while she ate in a Washington, D.C. restaurant.
Hrabar reportedly used a Justice Department LexisNexis account for her research, and others apparently do too. So taxpayers are helping to fund their anti-American, pro-socialist demonstrations.
That wasn't all, however. In yet another video, a State Department employee named Stuart Karaffa, a member of the Metro DC Democratic Socialists of America, talked about engaging in his far-left politics while working as a bureaucrat-diplomat.
In the video, Trump-hater Karaffa vows to "resist everything ... every level. F#@k sh#t up!" Now that's diplomacy! Who hires these people?
Deep State 'Resistance'
Karaffa gloats about committing his crimes. And, yes, both Karaffa's and Hrabar's actions are clear violations of the federal Hatch Act. "I have nothing to lose. It's impossible to fire federal employees," he said.
He's right. No one can fire him. And there are likely dozens, if not hundreds, just like Karaffa and Hrabar — as we've seen from looking at the damning FBI and Justice Department texts sent back and forth by high-level officials at those two agencies. They embed themselves in the bureaucracies, becoming a Deep State that undermines the democratic will of the people and subverts a duly elected U.S. president to enact their own agenda.
We hope Americans will support further release of information about the 18-month-long investigation into supposed Trump-Russia collusion.
Despite all the time and millions spent, there isn't a shred of evidence for collusion between Trump and the Russians. But there are boatloads of evidence suggesting "collusion" by Hillary Clinton with the Russians, the FBI, the CIA, the Justice Department and the State Department.
Trump called the whole Russia investigation a "hoax" and said exposing it would be one of his "crowning achievements" as president. But it won't be enough merely to expose it. Once exposed, we should punish those who participated in the collusion conspiracy as far as the law will allow. After all, it's your democracy they're destroying.
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