Former FBI Agent: Deep State Exists and Is Trying to Bring Down Trump

An investigator's analysis of the relationship between Mueller, Comey, leakers and politics

by John Ligato | Updated 06 Jul 2017 at 9:31 AM

Fifteen years ago, I would have suggested a tinfoil hat for anyone who believed in the deep state. But recent events have made me rethink my diagnosis. The term “deep state” intimates a conspiracy somewhere in the woodshed. But it’s basically two or more people who get together and agree on something bad.

In the case of a shadow government, that something is to impede or overthrow the legitimate government. The current political environment offers convincing evidence that individuals are attempting to do just that. They utilize legal and illegal means in an effort to annul the will of the people. Their ultimate goal is to end the presidency of Donald Trump.

As an FBI agent, I was careful to separate facts from fiction when investigating cases. The public can make wild conjectures and cite gossip as gospel, but law enforcement officers must deal in facts. So, does a deep state currently exist in American today?

Let's examine that possibility through the eyes of an investigator. I'll provide evidence both direct and circumstantial and offer an analysis based on those facts. There is also a residual effect of the deep state, which results in the incidental recruitment of like-minded individuals. A legal term would be unindicted co-conspirators. These folks share the ideology of the main players and act as unwitting surrogates. They eventually become active participants in the shadow government. I'll provide examples of surrogates and demonstrate how they also contribute to the deep state.

Fact/Known: James Comey reduced his alleged obstruction of justice meeting with President Trump to a memo. James Comey intentionally leaked that memo with the stated intent to trigger the special counsel statute. James Comey met with his friend, special counsel Robert Mueller, prior to Comey's testifying before a congressional committee.

As an investigator, I would not consider the leaked memo to be direct evidence since it is basically written hearsay and depends on Comey's memory and veracity. The memo is no different from two drivers providing contradicting observations of the same traffic accident. Victim — The Trump presidency.

Analysis: In my experience, if someone admits to a specific wrongdoing once, leaking, it's a good bet that it wasn't his first time. A burglar never strikes once. There are dozens of unsolved leaks, and Director Comey was in the position to have access to the information contained in those leaks.

Comey was asked under oath if he believed the president attempted to obstruct justice in the Flynn case. He replied that it was up to the special counsel to determine if obstruction occurred. Comey's desire for a special counsel is actually an admission that he believes the president did obstruct justice. He wouldn't wish a special counsel to prove that the president didn't commit a crime. Why else would he do it?

But when questioned on Loretta Lynch's orders to call the Clinton e-mail investigation a "matter," he felt no similar compunction for an investigation. As an investigator, this tells me that Mr. Comey has a political and ideological agenda that affected his judgment and impartiality.

Unknowns/Further Investigation: Mueller's meeting with Comey, prior to his testimony before Congress, raises my investigative hackles. They reviewed what Comey could and could not say publicly about the obstruction conversation. In essence, you had a prosecutor coaching his main witness in the court of public opinion. This is anything but impartial since millions of Americans heard only one side — deep state stuff for sure.

I'd want to know the substance of that Mueller-Comey chat, specifically if Mueller has already established President Trump's guilt. Since obstruction of justice can be interpreted differently by two attorneys viewing the same set of facts, an investigation can also be conducted to prove a preconceived belief.

Surrogates/Co-conspirators: Mr. Comey's leak provided tacit approval and emboldened other like-minded federal employees to leak.

Fact: Susan Rice admitted on MSNBC that she sometimes sought the identities of Trump associates who communicated with foreigners, a request known as "unmasking" in the intelligence community. Victim — The Trump presidency.

Rice's admission came after she initially told PBS' Judy Woodruff that she "knew nothing" about the unmasking of Trump associates. Inconsistent statements are called clues in law enforcement. The fact that Rice has furnished other inconsistencies is called a pattern, or MO. There was the Benghazi video and the Bowe Bergdahl fib.

Supporting evidence includes the fact that the White House does not conduct investigations. Not criminal investigations, and not intelligence investigations. Generally, it is the FBI that conducts investigations concerning American citizens suspected of acting as agents of foreign powers.

So if unmasking was relevant to the Russia investigation, the FBI, CIA or NSA would have done it. There would have been no need for Susan Rice to ask for identities to be unmasked. The national security adviser is not an investigator. The president's staff is a consumer of intelligence, not a generator or collector of it.

Analysis: If Susan Rice was unmasking Americans, it was not to fulfill an intelligence need based on American interests: It was to fulfill a political desire based on Democratic Party interests. If it was critical to know the identities of Americans caught up in other foreign intelligence efforts, the agencies that collect the information and conduct investigations would have unmasked them. (go to page 2 to continue reading)

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