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The Democrats’ campaign to defeat President Trump shifted into a higher gear last week.
House of Representatives Speaker Pelosi dictated six House committees to fire up an “impeachment inquiry”, calling witnesses. Leaving aside the question of whether there are better ways for the House to spend its time addressing the needs of the American people, one of the witnesses was Marie Yovanovitch, former U.S. ambassador to Ukraine. An Obama appointee, Yovanovitch, with Russian parents, moved to America from Canada and grew up speaking Russian. Trump recalled her from Ukraine in May, 2019. Not surprisingly, even though she was not fired from the State Department, this outraged career State Department diplomats, who believe it is their province to decide how diplomats serve.
The Democrats wanted her testimony to boost their case to batter the President and cripple his chances to be re-elected. Other columnists can debate how effective she was. Or wasn’t.
The deeper concern for the American people is to understand what’s really going on here. When you strip away Pelosi’s and Chairman Adam Schiff’s camouflage, what’s their effort all about?
Here’s the answer.
This whole House campaign is a blatant example of the influence and power of the Washington Deep State—the thousands of unelected, government career employees in Washington DC who remain in place, regardless of which political party is in power. These people think they “run” the country, that they are the ones who should develop our foreign policies and our relationships with foreign countries. Another way of explaining the Deep State is that it’s a hidden government within the legitimately elected government, which operates without the consent of the governed, reshaping and controlling national policies. The people in it, entrenched professional politicians and career civil servants, believe they know what’s best for the American people, not those currently occupying the elected positions of power.
One example of the Deep State at work, behind a veil of secrecy, was provided in the Hillary Clinton private email investigation, where kid-glove treatment and immunity for her aides was victorious. Another was the Mueller Special Counsel investigation, formed into existence by Deep Staters, involving hundreds of witnesses, pre-dawn raids on suspects and seized computers. Also, you will recall how furious the Deep Staters were over Trump pulling America out of the Paris Climate Accord, without consulting them.
You have heard the names of Comey, Rosenstein, Ohr, Yates, Brennan, Clapper, Strzok, Page, McCabe — just the tip of the Deep State iceberg — all working against a duly-elected president. Sally Yates, for example, openly declared she would not defend Trump’s decision to halt refugees from certain Muslim countries, and was then applauded by Brennan for her action.
Another example of both the Deep State and its pervasive influence in Washington involves Nikki Haley, the former Ambassador to the U.N. In her new book, she states that former Chief of Staff and Director of Homeland Security, John Kelly, and former Secretary of State Rex Tillerson both attempted to get Haley to undermine President Trump’s foreign policy. And now we have the Adam Schiff Impeachment Inquisition—closed door hearings, restricted witnesses, no due process, selected release of transcripts, whistleblower/leaker “protection”.
Partisan, Deep State career State Department officials abetted, then covered up, Ukrainian collusion with Democrats in the 2016 election campaign. Marie Yovanovitch, who lied under oath, is part of the Deep State bureaucracy which, relying on internal cronyism and collusion, is working from within the government against a sitting president. She is one of the U.S. diplomats who has made a career in the civil-service-protected State Department, and who professes to have no political opinion but who has forgotten she’s there to serve the commander-in-chief. She is charged with implementing the policies of the sitting president who, according to the Constitution, sets the policies, and who has the absolute right to appoint ambassadors. And yet, Rep. Jim Jordan showed during Yovanovitch’s testimony that she gave no “push-back when Ukrainians openly opposed Donald Trump”. Trump has stated that the new Ukrainian President spoke unfavorably about her, possibly because of her Russian background. Deep Staters may not like it, but it was Trump’s right to recall her, which provides the motive for her to do her best to undermine his re-election.
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