Former Spy Chief: ‘Thank God for the Deep State’

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A former head of the Central Intelligence Agency this week praised the so-called “Deep State” for “doing its duty” and “responding to a higher call” by calling out President Donald Trump’s activities involving Ukraine and kicking off the impeachment inquiry.

Speaking to a panel of former FBI and intelligence officials at George Mason University in Virginia, former acting CIA chief John McLaughlin — who served in the agency under presidents Bill Clinton and George W. Bush — told the moderator “Thank God for the deep state.”

The question put to McLaughlin by moderator Margaret Brennan of CBS News was whether President Trump’s complaints about a cabal of government bureaucrats trying to undermine his presidency had any legitimacy.

The answer, from McLaughlin, was, flippantly, yes.

“Think about it for a minute,” he said. “With all of the people who knew what was going on here, it took an intelligence operative to step forward and say something about it. Which was the trigger that then unleashed everything else.”

“Why does that happen?” McLaughlin continued. “This is the institution within the U.S. government that, with all of its flaws — and it makes mistakes — is institutionally committed to objectivity and to telling the truth. It is one of the few institutions in Washington that is not in a chain of command that makes or implements policy. Its whole job is to speak the truth.”

“These are people who are doing their duty or responding to a higher call,” he said.

McLaughlin made the remarks Wednesday evening at an event hosted by the Michael V. Hayden Center and Schar School of Policy and Government at GWU. Other panelists included former CIA Director John Brennan, former FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe, and former CIA Deputy Director Michael Morell.

McLaughlin served as Deputy Director of the CIA from 2000 to 2004 and was acting director of the agency for just over two months in 2004.

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Jabbers99
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This POS should be arrested and strung up by his gonads – if he has any!

Charles
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“This is the institution within the U.S. government that, with all of its flaws — and it makes mistakes — is institutionally committed to objectivity and to telling the truth.” He was in the CIA when their NY acting chief hid the dossiers of the two Muslim pilots “that weren’t concerned about learning how to land a plane” in between hundreds of dossiers of suspected Muslims on watch lists. This occurred when the CIA was ordered to turn over these dossiers to the FBI. When she was required to testify during the 911 hearings, she had herself placed on active… Read more »

WellHungChad
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Finally! A swamp creature admits that there’s a swamp!! We now know the mentality of the DC swamp creatures that HATE the Democratic process! He’s just admitted that THEY know better than US…and our votes!!! And “US” is no coincidence that it is an abbreviation for UNITED STATES and its most awesome, beautiful , and intelligent people!!

Over throw our votes?? I don’t think so!!!

Cherrie
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Cherrie

so they finally are admitting there is The Deep State trying to take our lives. and for the last 3 years they said it wasn’t true. you had better hope they don’t turn on you derp state because it won’t be pretty they seem to have a very hateful attitude to those that don’t agree with them

Mark Schlesinger
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All Clintonians..

Bob
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Bob

What an asshole. You are an insult to all good Americans and to America itself. Crawl back in your hole. Wish I was 2′ in front of you right after your lying.

Jason Alsbrook
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…as if we didn’t know it existed anyway.

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