He just called them out big time. Those participating in the Deep State level of secret affairs won’t be thrilled to hear what Jason Chaffetz is saying. They’re also probably not happy with what Trump is doing to give people transparency and expose the swamp that needs to be drained. Chaffetz refers to the “tip of the iceberg” when talking about his personal experience with the Deep State.
The only trouble is this, how deep does the iceberg go under water? In other words, how deep is the Deep State?
Chaffetz talked about the Deep State being motivated politically in a scathing opinions piece published on Fox News.
He mentioned the text messages shared between Peter Strzok and Lisa Page. He talked about his own experience and what he personally experienced when it comes to people abusing their power.
Chaffetz said that “While serving on the House Oversight Committee, I saw firsthand how those in control of our bureaucracy brazenly abuse their power – spying, manipulating and misleading – in an effort to perpetuate their stranglehold on the government.
What I witnessed and wrote about in my new book –“The Deep State: How an Army of Bureaucrats Protected Barack Obama and is Working to Destroy the Trump Agenda” – was a bureaucracy that allowed agencies to become weaponized in the service of political battles.”
Political battles? We have seen more political battles over the last two years since Trump beat Hillary in 2016. Is it all adding up yet? Is it because Hillary lost that things have become so crazy? We can’t even get Kavanaugh confirmed without Democrats throwing every character assassination and protest at him. Back in the day, the judges were often voted in unanimously as a bipartisan effort, but now it seems like anyone who is selected by Trump is attacked simply because they were picked by Trump.
Just think, if Obama picked Kavanaugh, then would he face any of the nonsense that’s going on today? Doubt it.
In the beginning, that meant protecting President Obama by using federal power to target political opponents or by covering the tracks of the corrupt or incompetent within his administration. By the time I left Congress, the Deep State’s focus had shifted to thwarting the administration of the newly elected President Donald Trump.
My first run-in with the Deep State happened weeks after the Benghazi terrorist attacks of September 11, 2012. In an encounter highlighted in my book, I went face-to-face with a lawyer sent to Libya by Hillary Clinton’s State Department to act as a spy and ensure I did not ever get to the truth of what happened on that tragic night.
When I refused to allow this State Department lawyer to participate in a briefing for which his security clearance was insufficient, he immediately called Clinton Chief of Staff and fixer Cheryl Mills to demand entrance to the meeting. His real purpose was to intimidate witnesses from being candid with a congressman.
How devastating is it that it seems like people were literally tasked with the job of covering up for the people who messed up, and in particular, the people who were corrupt?
How bad is it that an American has to square up with a lawyer to get information about what happened during the tragic night in Benghazi? Why can’t Americans have answers? Is that an indication that something corrupt was going on? We all know there’s a “need to know” basis for a lot of things, but when something like that happens and the country wants answers, then isn’t it appropriate to give them answers?
Chaffetz goes on:
Spying is just one trick up the sleeves of politicized bureaucrats. Powerful senior staffers with authority to classify, resist disclosure, and subvert oversight have perfected other strategies to avoid transparency and accountability.
The Deep State manipulates congressional investigations by pretending to cooperate with document subpoenas. Those who are part of the Deep State bury congressional committees in piles of paper ostensibly responsive to the investigation, and then brag to the media about the number of pages they have turned over.
In reality, many of those pages will either be fully redacted, duplicates of other pages, or irrelevant to the investigation.
Spying is something we’re all aware of. Everyone knows by now that everyone probably has spies everywhere.
What people won’t like is the manipulation of people pretending to cooperate with the document subpoenas. Where people will be upset is finding out that a Deep State entity would act like they’re providing documents requested, but redacted information. Imagine how long it probably takes to get a document that’s requested. Then imagine what happens when someone receives it and the information is basically covered up. Or imagine what it’s like to get multiple copies of the same page. You see, that’s just an easy trick to not ever having to give people the correct items. You purposely mess up and drag it out over time and sometimes it will just go away.
Another scary point that Chaffetz brought up is about how people simply get away with things. He stated:
In one May 2014 hearing, a TSA sensitive security information director testified that upon being hired, attorneys and FOIA processors trained him to hide information.
The director testified that he was told: “If you come across embarrassing information or whatever, (the chief counsel) will just hide it and come up with an exemption; because if you cover it with a FOIA exemption it’s so hard for the other person to challenge it, and it will be costly and difficult for them to challenge it, and they’re probably never going to see it anyway, so you just get away with it. That’s the way it’s done.”
It seems like one of the main reasons that Democrats are so angry with Trump is that he might end up exposing all the links buried in the Deep State on his mission to “drain the swamp.”
Some people say it’s more like Donald Trump flushing the toilet.