President Donald Trump and his allies have long spoken about the dangers of the administrative “Deep State”– a cabal of high-level government bureaucrats determined to undermine his agenda.
During a recent episode of Fox & Friends, former House Oversight Committee Chairman Jason Chaffetz confirmed not only that the Deep State does indeed exist, but that Trump and Attorney General Bill Barr have its members running scared due to investigations that are already well underway.
Deep State exposed
“This is the Deep State being exposed. These people do not want accountability,” Chaffetz explained on Tuesday.
“There are about 110 thousand people at the Department of Justice,” he continued, “roughly 10 thousand of them are attorneys.”
He went on: “There is one key thing that has to happen here, [and] most people don’t realize this, I was the chairman of the [House] Oversight Committee, the inspectors general out there can go out and inspect anything going on in the federal government, except attorneys at the Department of Justice.”
While Chaffetz noted that “they can look at individual cases,” he pointed out the fact that “the one group of people that’s exempt are attorneys at the Department of Justice.”
Investigating the investigators
Chaffetz was making reference to and underscoring differences between an earlier investigation undertaken by Inspector General Michael Horowitz as well as the ongoing probe being led by U.S. Attorney John Durham.
Durham was tasked by Barr last spring with examining the origins of the Russia collusion probe. In September, the Department of Justice announced that Durham’s inquiry had transitioned into a criminal investigation.
Fox News reported that Durham plans “to question former Director of National Intelligence James Clapper and former CIA Director John Brennan, but those sessions have yet to take place. The New York Times reported Thursday that Durham’s criminal review has prompted some CIA officials to obtain criminal legal counsel in anticipation of being interviewed.
“Scared to death”
According to the former lawmaker, this is all leading to a lot of anxiety among the ranks of the bureaucracy, and he believes that it’s more than justified.
“I think they’re scared to death of Donald Trump and Barr and Durham and certainly Horowitz because they don’t want people peeling back the onion [and] looking under the hood at how these people have operated at the Department of Justice,” he said.
“That’s why they’re firing back,” Chaffetz explained. “But now they’re being exposed.”