Appearing on “The Laura Ingraham Show” a few weeks ago, the libertarian-leaning former presidential candidate explained that individuals currently in national security positions are essentially free to exercise their power without any checks from elected representatives.
“Absolutely, there is a deep state, because the deep state is the intelligence agencies that do not have oversight,” Paul explained. “Only eight people in Congress know what they’re doing, and traditionally, those eight people have been a rubber stamp to let the intelligence communities do whatever they want. There is no skeptic among the eight people that are supposedly overseeing the intelligence community.”
It goes without saying that even though the intelligence community is supposed to rise above politics and carry out its functions in a bipartisan way, just like nearly every other American institution, it is susceptible to corruption. The difference, however, is that contrary to how most other levels of government operate, the intelligence community doesn’t have a system of checks to prevent it from engaging in activities that fall outside of legal and constitutional parameters – throw rampant corruption into the mix, and you’ve got a recipe for disaster.
The Kentucky senator went on to say that the deep state was on full display within Barack Obama’s administration, specifically with CIA Director John Brennan and National Intelligence Director James Clapper.
“John Brennan and James Clapper were doing whatever the hell they wanted, without any judicial warrants, and I think there were numerous people in the Obama administration who were using intelligence – one, to try to bring Trump down; but two, also, they were using it for political purposes,” he explained, adding that “this is very, very worrisome.”
Indeed, it is very worrisome, because the worse the corruption within the FBI and the intelligence community gets, the closer our country gets to a constitutional crisis of epic proportions. Without any checks or oversight, the intelligence community is basically free to do whatever it wants, and that includes acting in a partisan fashion to both defend and attack people based solely on political ideologies.
One of the most blatant examples of corruption and abuse of power within the intelligence community has to do with how Robert Mueller is carrying out this investigation into Trump’s alleged “collusion” with the Russians in the months leading up to the 2016 presidential election. This is the same investigation that Tom Fitton, the president of conservative watchdog group Judicial Watch, referred to as “corruption at its worst.”
First and foremost, it’s very odd – almost too odd – that the majority of people Robert Mueller recruited for his investigative team are liberal democrats who have a history of supporting, financially or otherwise, left wing politicians and organizations. How anyone can look at the partisanship of Mueller’s team and still conclude that Mueller is a fair and balanced investigator is beyond comprehension.
Additionally, the Daily Wire recently reported that Robert Mueller is investigating a $150,000 donation made to Donald Trump’s charity back in 2015 by a Ukrainian businessman, while simultaneously ignoring the fact that this same Ukrainian businessman has donated anywhere between $10 million and $25 million to the Clinton Foundation. Furthermore, this same businessman (whose name is Victor Pinchuk) even lent his private plane to the Clintons back in 2011 to attend Bill Clinton’s 65th birthday celebration in Los Angeles.
For many, this sort of blatant hypocrisy and corruption within the intelligence community demonstrates two things: first, that the investigation into Trump/Russia collusion has turned into an all-out witch hunt, and second, that there is, in fact, a deep state within the federal government.