The Deep State Defeat of Donald Trump

connecting the dots era of light dot com“The Trump–Deep State clash is a showdown between a presidency that is far too powerful versus federal agencies that have become fiefdoms with immunity for almost any and all abuses,” I wrote in an FFF article a year ago. Since then, Donald Trump lost the 2020 election by fewer than 50,000 votes in a handful of swing states that determined the Electoral College result. There were numerous issues that could drive that relatively small number of votes. But machinations by the Deep State probably cost Trump far more votes than it took to seal his loss.

“The Deep State” commonly refers to officials who secretly wield power permanently in Washington, often in federal agencies with vast sway and little accountability. During Trump’s first impeachment, the establishment media exalted the Deep State. New York Times columnist James Stewart assured readers that the secretive agencies “work for the American people,” New York Times editorial writer Michelle Cottle hailed the Deep State as “a collection of patriotic public servants,” and Washington Post columnist Eugene Robinson captured the Beltway’s verdict: “God bless the Deep State!”

The first three years of Trump’s presidency were haunted by constant accusations that he had colluded with Russians to win the 2016 election. The FBI launched its investigation on the basis of ludicrous allegations from a dossier financed by the Hillary Clinton presidential campaign. FBI officials deceived the FISA Court to authorize surveilling the Trump campaign. A FISA warrant is the nuclear bomb of searches, authorizing the FBI “to conduct simultaneous telephone, microphone, cell phone, e-mail and computer surveillance of the US person target’s home, workplace and vehicles,” as well as “physical searches of the target’s residence, office, vehicles, computer, safe deposit box and US mails,” as a FISA court decision noted. The FISA court is extremely deferential, approving 99 percent of all search warrant requests.

Leaks from federal officials spurred media hysteria that put Trump on the defensive even before he took his oath of office in January 2017. A 2018 Inspector General (IG) report revealed that one FBI agent labeled Trump supporters as “retarded” and declared, “I’m with her” (Clinton). Another FBI employee texted that “Trump’s supporters are all poor to middle class, uneducated, lazy POS.” One FBI lawyer texted that he was “devastated” by Trump’s election and declared, “Viva la Resistance!” and “I never really liked the Republic anyway.” The same person became the “primary FBI attorney assigned to [the Russian election-interference] investigation beginning in early 2017,” the IG noted.

FBI chief James Comey leaked official memos to friendly reporters, thereby spurring the appointment of Special Counsel Robert Mueller to investigate Trump. A 2019 Inspector General report noted that top FBI officials told the IG that they were “shocked,” “stunned,” and “surprised’ that Comey would leak the contents of one of the memos to a reporter. The IG concluded, “The unauthorized disclosure of this information — information that Comey knew only by virtue of his position as FBI Director — violated the terms of his FBI Employment Agreement and the FBI’s Prepublication Review Policy.” The IG concluded that by using sensitive information “to create public pressure for official action, Comey set a dangerous example for the over 35,000 current FBI employees — and the many thousands more former FBI employees — who similarly have access to or knowledge of non-public information.” The IG report warned that “the civil liberties of every individual who may fall within the scope of the FBI’s investigative authorities depend on FBI’s ability to protect sensitive information from unauthorized disclosure.” But the only penalty that Comey suffered was to collect multimillion-dollar advances for his book deals.

The Steele dossier

In December 2019, another Inspector General report confirmed that the FBI made “fundamental
errors” to justify surveilling the Trump campaign. The FBI refrained from launching a FISA warrant request until it came into possession of a dossier from Christopher Steele, a former British intelligence agent. The Steele dossier played “a central and essential role in the decision by FBI [Office of General Counsel] to support the request for FISA surveillance targeting Carter Page, as well as the FBI’s ultimate decision to seek the FISA order,” the IG report concluded. The FBI “drew almost entirely” from the Steele dossier to prove a “well-developed conspiracy” between Russians and the Trump campaign. The IG found that FBI agents were “unable to corroborate any of the specific substantive allegations against Carter Page” in the Steele dossier but the FBI relied on Steele’s allegations regardless.

The FBI withheld from the FISA court key details that obliterated the dossier’s credibility, including a warning from a top Justice Department official that “Steele may have been hired by someone associated with presidential candidate Clinton or the DNC [Democratic National Committee].” The CIA disdained the Steele dossier as “an internet rumor,” one FBI official told IG investigators.

Many if not most of the damning details involving Russiagate have still not been disclosed. But the occasional disclosures are doing nothing to burnish the credibility of the key players. On January 12, 2017, Comey attested to the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act court that the Steele dossier used to hound the Trump campaign had been “verified.” But on the same day, he emailed the director of national intelligence, James Clapper, “We are not able to sufficiently corroborate the reporting.” That email was revealed this past February, thanks to a multi-year fight for disclosure by the Southeastern Legal Foundation.

If the FBI’s deceit and political biases had been exposed in real time, there would have been far less national outrage when Trump fired Comey. Instead, that firing was quickly followed by the appointment of Special Counsel Robert Mueller to investigate the Russian charges. In April 2019, Mueller admitted there was no evidence of collusion. Conniving by FBI officials and the veil of secrecy that hid their abuses had roiled national politics for years.

Not one FBI official has spent a single day in jail for the abuses. In January, former FBI assistant general counsel Kevin Clinesmith was sentenced after he admitted falsifying key evidence used to secure the FISA warrant to spy on the Trump campaign. A federal prosecutor declared that the “resulting harm is immeasurable” from Clinesmith’s action. But a federal judge believed that a wrist slap was sufficient punishment — 400 hours of community service and 12 months of probation.

The Deep State defeated Trump in part because the president appointed agency chiefs who were more devoted to secrecy than to truth. Bureaucratic barricades were reinforced by judges who repeatedly defied common sense to perpetuate iron curtains around federal agencies.

Syria

Trump’s failure to extract the United States from the Syrian civil war was one of his biggest foreign policy pratfalls. Each time he sought to exit that quagmire, the Washington establishment and Deep State agencies pushed back.

When Trump tried to end CIA assistance to Syrian terrorist groups in July 2017, a Washington Post article portrayed his reversal in apocalyptic terms. Trump responded with an angry tweet: “The Amazon Washington Post fabricated the facts on my ending massive, dangerous, and wasteful payments to Syrian rebels fighting Assad.” That disclosure spurred a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request by the New York Times for CIA records on payments to Syrian rebel groups. The CIA denied the request and the case ended up in court.

CIA officer Antoinette Shiner warned the court that forcing the CIA to admit that it possessed any records of aiding Syrian rebels would “confirm the existence and the focus of sensitive Agency activity that is by definition kept hidden to protect US government policy objectives.” Of course, “kept hidden” doesn’t apply to the CIA when it was engaged in “not for attribution” bragging to reporters. Washington Post columnist David Ignatius proudly cited an estimate from a “knowledgeable official” that “CIA-backed fighters may have killed or wounded 100,000 Syrian soldiers and their allies over the past four years.”

Federal judges, unlike Syrian civilians slaughtered by US-funded terrorist groups, had the luxury of pretending the program didn’t exist. In a decision last July, the federal appeals court of the Second Circuit stressed that affidavits from CIA officials are “accorded a presumption of good faith” and stressed “the appropriate deference owed” to the CIA. The judges omitted quoting former CIA chief Mike Pompeo’s description of his agency’s modus operandi: “We lied, we cheated, we stole. It’s like we had entire training courses.”

Since Trump’s tweet did not specifically state that the program he was seeking to terminate actually existed, the judges entitled the CIA to pretend it was still top secret. The judges concluded with another kowtow, stressing that they were “mindful of the requisite deference courts traditionally owe to the executive in the area of classification.” Judge Robert Katzmann dissented, declaring that the court’s decision put its “imprimatur to a fiction of deniability that no reasonable person would regard as plausible.”

On February 9, another federal appeals court shot down a FOIA request from BuzzFeed journalist Jason Leopold who had sought the same records on the basis of Trump’s tweet. But the federal appeals court for the District of Columbia unanimously blocked Leopold’s request: “Did President Trump’s tweet officially acknowledge the existence of a program? Perhaps. Or perhaps not. And therein lies a problem.” The judges proffered no evidence that Trump had tweeted about a program that didn’t exist. The judges reached into an “Alice in Wonderland” bag of legal tricks and plucked out this pretext: “Even if the President’s tweet revealed some program, it did not reveal the existence of Agency records about that alleged program.” Since Trump failed to specify the exact room number where the records were located at CIA headquarters, the judges entitled the CIA to pretend the records didn’t exist.

Only a federal judge could shovel that kind of hokum. Well, also members of Congress and editorial writers, but that’s a story for another month.

In his final months in office, Trump repeatedly promised massive declassification which never came. Was the president stymied by persons he had unwisely appointed, such as CIA chief Gina Haspel and FBI chief Christopher Wray? Or was that simply another series of empty Twitter eruptions that Trump failed to follow up? Instead, his legacy is another grim reminder of how government secrecy can determine political history.

Have Deep State federal agencies become a Godzilla with the prerogative to undermine elections? Unfortunately, there’s no chance that federal judges would permit disclosure of the answer to that question. Former CIA and NSA boss Michael Hayden proudly proclaimed, ““Espionage is not just compatible with democracy; it’s essential for democracy.” And how can we know if the Deep State’s espionage is actually pro-democracy or subversive of democracy? Again, don’t expect judges to permit any truths to escape on that score.

Secrecy is the ultimate entitlement program for the Deep State. The federal government is creating trillions of pages of new secrets every year. The more documents bureaucrats classify, the more lies politicians and government officials can tell. Federal judge Amy Berman Jackson warned in 2019, “If people don’t have the facts, democracy doesn’t work.” Actually, it is working very well for the FBI, CIA, and other Deep State agencies.

Reprinted with permission from Future of Freedom Foundation.

15 Replies to “The Deep State Defeat of Donald Trump”

  1. flazak

    The underground state, which is in every country, will constantly use all the dirty tricks and then have their puppet politicians benefit from those tricks. It is not difficult if you are dirty or corrupt to say, ‘do this thing or we will do this’ – what if the threat is to kill many? Or start a war etc etc, many ways, very easy to do if you are corrupt. Very difficult to stop. Been done for eons by the minions of the demiurge, which is the self appointed ‘God’ of matter and the material universe. All you can do is think for yourself and reject the demiurge. Trump can take credit for this gene therapy if he wants but it’s your choice to take it, my theory is this ‘vaccine’ was supposed to take years to develop so that we are locked down for years whereas now they will have to explain why this ‘vaccine’ is useless and does nothing because you can’t cure a cold unless you go south or live at the equator, like birds do etc etc, its a natural consequence of 23.4 degrees.

    Reply
  2. John Sutter

    Trump did nothing to help himself be successful against the Deep State. You are not going to defeat the Deep State by filling your administration with the Deep State. Trump is an idiot and a puppet to be sure.

    There can be no greater example of his idiocy that his failure to appoint Kris Kobach to head DHS and instead appointed an incompetent airhead named Kirsten Nielsen whose only qualification was that she was sleeping with John Kelly.

    The whole notion that Trump was actually fighting the Deep State and that the DS took him down is all Kabuki Theater.

    Get over Trump people. He was not and is not the “good guy”.

    Reply
  3. Heidi

    I dont believe the deep state ” defeated ” DJT at all. This articles is written like hes dead. I’ve got news for you, Jeff doesn’t give up and neither do his people. He is coming back and we are taking our country back. I found this opinion piece to be demoralizing and negative.

    Reply
    1. Deb

      President Trump is going to the border June 30th and will have rally’s in Ohio and Florida in July.
      This article is “fake news.”
      To many articles contradict each other.

      What is happening to era of light, so disappointed, I’ve cut my reading back, and thing it’s time to cut it back even more.

      Reply
      1. John Sutter

        Be sure to thank him for his beautiful shot, his Trumpcine as he calls it. He is demanding full credit for giving us the Bill Gates mRNA death jab.

        Trump will save you….right.

        Believe in the plan.

        Reply
    2. AlwaysLight

      Dear Heidi, I agree with your message. John, it does feel as if you have a personal issue with DJT. Sure, he is not everyone’s cup of tea, but I don’t feel you’re seeing the bigger picture. Their plan appears to be that they wanted this scam to eek out for years, by which time, the V would have gone through its so called human trails (albeit fake and pushed through falsely), then they would have had legal standing to force them on certain portions of the population. By trying to bring them through early, they only get emergency use only. It seems a clever play to choose the lesser of the two evils. I don’t think DJT is pro V at all, but this was a play to force their hand and save more lives than would have been so had they not. In case you weren’t aware, emergency use is only allowed if no other remedy is available, why do you think they attacked him so badly when he mentioned HCQ and others? They didn’t want people to know about his, yet he was the one who got that out there. So I would suggest to look at this with a clear view and without emotional clouding. And yes, every time he has mentioned the V he always stresses that it is personal choice, which it is. And that’s the important thing, people are unwittingly taking this, by their own choice. Yes they have a choice. This is part of the waking up process, people are not awake if they don’t use their power of choice as if they are sovereign. And lastly, this article is nonsense, has no idea about the play that was used in allowing people to have a sample of what they would do if they got in. That’s what this is, a show, to show people the contrast. It’s ugly, but it is necessary…. And it’s temporary…

      Reply
        1. John Sutter

          Of course, what else? A very typical Q/Trump lover answer. I’m surprised you did not use profanity. Q people take any question of their cult of personality very personally, their feelings get hurt.

          No matter what bad or idiotic thing Trump does, no matter how much of their plan falls apart they just keep rationalizing away everything that does not fit and rolling it into the new plan.

          Q/Trump believers live in a state of denial of reality.

          You people seriously need to grow up.

          Reply
          1. AlwaysLight

            Dear John, for what it is worth, I really feel you should take a look in the mirror. I mean this sincerely as you regularly attack anyone who doesn’t share your perspective and anger and spikes come off of your messages very strongly. My point of view is just that, my call as I see it. It is no more important than any others. Yet you proclaim that any who sees it differently to you is to be branded with whatever names you see fit to throw and offer no factual or common sense offering of perspective to the contrary, just mud slinging. You claim others throw profanity at you, but I see no examples of that here. If anything that is coming from you. I would strongly advise you look at where your anger is coming from, why does anyone else’s view affect you so much? Do you believe that you are so dis-empowered that anyone else’s view of things is such a danger to you?

            It is OK to me that you believe what you do, to even hate and project. It doesn’t affect me because I have no investment in your or anyone else’s view, I do not need you or anyone to see it my way. I offer a perspective and that’s it. But the level of anger radiating from your messages is worth pointing out as believe you are struggling with the energies trying to transition you out of 3D, this is a sure sign.

            So I have a sincere question for you, are you here to spiritually evolve beyond this, or here to entertain your need to be angry?

      1. John Sutter

        Dear Always Light

        For some reason I can’t reply to your last reply.
        Firstly, I called no one any names. This person going by the name of Yoda called me “troll”, go back and reread.

        Secondly, I was not necessarily referring to anyone here who is a Q or Trump fan used any profane names towards me but on other forums like Twitter they immediately will call you profane names. They simply can’t stand any contradictory information or questions, they become very angry and take it personally.

        Thirdly, you are lying. I have not branded anyone or called anyone names. Yes, I refer Trump in unflattering terms but not other posters, so stop being dishonest.

        Fourthly, I don’t sling mud. Whom here have I slung any mud at. If pointing out Trump is responsible for this deadly jab…it’s a matter of public record. Operation Warp Speed is his baby. He is on record dozens of times taking credit for this. If you call this mud slinging you are again being dishonest.

        I post about the great lie of COVID19. This is the single most important threat facing humanity and United States. I’m amazed how unconcerned many of these posters are about the greatest existential threat posed by the COVID hoax which is a cover to get people to take the jab.

        Fifthly, It is amusing how you refer to my posts that offer a contradictory viewpoint as “attacks”.
        I’m not attacking anyone. I’m merely stating my opinion on some of these channeling and posts.
        I believe the problem is gender related. I think the majority of people in the comments section are women. I’m a man. I’m direct and I’m not concerned about the feels. I think you women here feel threatened by that. Some of the male posters appear to possess some masculinity, but many of them also appear to be effeminate with easily hurt feelings.

        I’ll tell you what Always Light. I won’t post anymore in the comments section. A masculine presence is not welcome in the overwhelming feminine atmosphere of this website. I’m just wasting my breath anyhow.

        Good luck

        Reply
        1. AlwaysLight

          Dear John, again, having read your message, it is a litany of finger pointing and name calling, anger and hatred. You are very clouded by these emotions too much to give any clear response as far as I can see. I believe you are in a state of delusion from the intensity of the raw emotion you haven’t yet cleared. To give an example, although I’m not sure what good it will do, you said “Thirdly, you are lying. I have not branded anyone or called anyone names.” You have just branded me and you also did indirectly brand people how choose to support DJT or Q as “a cult” – are you so delusional you cannot even read your own words? You see this is the difficulty with people suffering such as you are. You are so overwhelmed with hatred and anger, it severely clouds your judgment, you’re triggered even at the slightest word that doesn’t follow your narrative, you attack and convince yourself it’s everyone else who is attacking. Spirituality 101, what ever you don’t want to own is projected onto others. I would like to kindly remind you that no matter what is going on in the outside world, nothing, I repeat nothing, is more important than ascension, do you really think you’ll be able to take the attitudes and energies you bring here with you? You don’t have long if ascension is your goal…

          I’m a male, and your type of masculinity is a toxic one. Do you think Sananda, when he was here teaching peace, love and forgiveness was some sort of a cross dresser? No, he was a divine masculine, teaching balance and the ways of the heart…

          All I would say, is if you have points to make, making them the way you do will reach little to no one, so what good are you actually doing? You say you like to come on and talk about important issues such as the novid scam, which it is, but who will listen to you while you’re always on the attack? You cannot force you views on people and then stamp on them if they don’t accept it, your audience will be an empty room.

          Remember, people were peacefully sharing their views, you started this, no one attacked you first…

          So for what good it will do, I write this last message, wishing you peace along whatever path you’re choosing.

          Reply
          1. John Sutter

            ” Do you think Sananda, when he was here teaching peace, love and forgiveness was some sort of a cross dresser? ”

            No but I think you could very well be a cross dresser.

Leave a Reply to Heidi Cancel reply