5 ways Trump can uproot the Deep State

· September 6, 2018  
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The “Deep State” is real, and it must be destroyed.

On Wednesday, an anonymous “senior Trump administration official” defiantly declared, in an op-ed in the New York Times, that he or she is a member “of the resistance inside of the Trump administration.”

Showing great disdain for the 63 million Americans who elected Donald Trump to office, the writer proclaimed that it was his or her moral obligation — along with “like-minded” colleagues in the “resistance” — to “thwart parts” of the president’s agenda for what this anonymous, unelected official determined to be the greater good.

The reckless disrespect that Washington bureaucrats have for the American people was put on display for the world to see. Now the president must fight back against these anti-constitutional forces in government. Here’s how the president can take back his mandate and put the deep state on its heels.

Rally for civil service reform / fire the bureaucrats

The “fourth branch” of government, which is the entrenched bureaucrat class in Washington D.C., continues to grow in size year after year. These “civil servants” in the bureaucrat class are afforded incredible protections, to the point where there is almost no such thing as a fireable offense. They can even target and smear the president in the press (and some have done so!), and hardly have to worry about the ramifications of such actions.

At Conservative Review, we have highlighted countless instances of government officials (most of whom work in the State Department) publicly undermining and targeting the president. These rogue bureaucrats are actively sabotaging the president’s foreign and domestic policies, and they hardly ever have to answer for their actions.

If the president wants to take back the executive branch, he should call on Congress to pass much-needed civil service reform legislation.

Declassify FISA information

This afternoon, several Republican lawmakers urged the president to declassify information related to the FISA court process that was weaponized to spy on U.S. citizens.

Elements within the president’s own Department of Justice have made a concerted effort to redact and bury crucial information that is key to understanding the events surrounding “Spygate,” or the Obama administration’s espionage operation against the Trump campaign. Several agencies within the intelligence community assaulted Americans’ constitutional freedoms in order to conduct an unprecedented espionage operation against candidate Trump.

By declassifying and publicizing the documents, the president can shine a light on the corruption within the “deep state.”

Prosecute “Spygate” accomplices

Before he was elected president, and even into his tenure as commander in chief, high-ranking officials from the Obama administration weaponized the tools of America’s intelligence apparatus to target Donald Trump for destruction.

Former CIA chief John Brennan, former Director of National Intelligence James Clapper, former FBI officials James Comey and Andrew McCabe, and former Deputy Attorney General Sally Yates played integral roles in the effort to dismantle the president’s agenda as soon as he stepped into office. Should federal investigations find these individuals complicit in law-breaking measures, the president should ensure that they are prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law, in order to deter future illegal acts.

Fire Mueller

It has been 477 days since Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein appointed special counsel Robert Mueller with the mandate to investigate Russian interference efforts in the 2016 election. Mueller and his team of Clinton allies and Democrat prosecutors have instead chosen to exclusively target individuals connected to the president, with the apparent hope that he will find evidence of collusion with the Kremlin. Unfortunately for Mueller, not a single piece of evidence has surfaced to corroborate claims of Trump-Russia collusion. To explore leads, the special counsel team has relied on the infamous Trump-Russia dossier, a political opposition research document that was crafted by Clinton campaign operatives. Not a single allegation of collusion in the dossier has been substantiated.

However, Mueller’s endless campaign against the president has had the effect of establishing an unelected, unaccountable government entity that serves to challenge the president’s legitimacy.

If Mueller doesn’t end his collusion campaign soon, the president should consider firing the special counsel. 

Audit the intelligence community (IC)

The Trump administration has dealt with an unprecedented number of national security leaks to the media. Over the course of the Trump presidency, the pace of leaks has noticeably slowed down, as the president has replaced Obama-era officials with appointees who are committed to his agenda.

Yet the unaccountable government defense contracting system in the Defense Department and elsewhere has allowed for nefarious actors to work against U.S. interests, while these individuals vacuum up taxpayer dollars without the consent of the governed

The intelligence community is not only unaccountable, but ineffective. Over the past couple of years alone, the IC has racked up a laundry list of intelligence failures — from the Las Vegas shooting, to the several mass-casualty jihadist attacks on American soil, to school shootings, and countless more deadly incidents.

A full audit of the U.S. intelligence community has not been completed since 1975, in the aftermath of the Nixon administration’s Watergate scandal. It’s time for another one.


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Author: Jordan Schachtel

Jordan Schachtel is the national security correspondent for Conservative Review and editor of The Dossier for CRTV. Follow him on Twitter @JordanSchachtel.