Video adds to claims of 'deep state' in Trump government
WASHINGTON (Sinclair Broadcast Group) - There’s a new video out which is shining light on what some people call a “Deep State” operating in Washington.
It’s the latest in a series of videos from the group Project Veritas, in which founder, James O’Keefe says he’s found proof of the so-called “Deep State” within the federal government, in his targeting of State Department employee Stuart Karaffa, a self-described Democratic Socialist.
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In the video, O'Keefe said, “Karaffa is not shy about how he uses his time at work to resist."
Then an undercover "journalist asks him, "You can do DSA stuff at work? "
"Yeah I mean I’m careful about it I don’t leave a paper trail. But as soon as 5:31 hits I’ve got my draft messages ready to send out," Karaffa responds,
The State Department did confirm Karaffa’s employment but couldn’t comment further.
But the video is giving more fuel to the fire being spread by many conservatives of a deep state within the Trump government, on top of an anonymous op-ed in The New York Times discussing high level officials “working diligently from within to frustrate parts of his agenda and his worst inclinations,” as well as the recently published book “Fear” by Bob Woodward.
Peter Schweizer is president of the government watchdog group The Government Accountability Institute.
“Often times the agenda that President Trump is pushing is at odds to what this bureaucracy wants," he said in an interview Wednesday, adding that it’s raising some big questions.
“Do we want to have unelected officials who are serving in government agencies for 30 years, making decisions that affect our everyday lives or do we want those decisions made by people we elect,” he said.
But the reality is the government is run by people with years of experience and knowledge who serve regardless of who’s in the White House, a group many simply call it the “independent civil service.”
“These are people that do government jobs. Their allegiance is to the American people and they’re public servants. President Trump’s problems are not coming from them. They’re coming from his own appointees in his own White House,” said Jesse Lee, vice president of communications with the Center for American Progress CAP Action.
The video is once again shedding new light shed on an old argument about who’s tipping the scales of power in Washington.