Poll finds majority of Americans concerned about "Deep State"
WASHINGTON (Sinclair Broadcast Group) - Concerns seem to be growing over a possible overreach of power within the federal government. A Monmouth University Poll asked a bipartisan group if they felt “national policy is being manipulated or directed by a “deep state” of unelected government officials. A combined 74 percent answered this deep state definitely or probably does exist.
It’s a term President Donald Trump tweeted about earlier this year, and something his former official Sebastian Gorka said he experienced firsthand in meetings with National Security Officials at the White House.
"With every element of the US government there, talking at the highest levels of the U.S. government because that’s what the N-S-C is, and for the whole discussion nobody would mention the president’s name, nobody would mention his objectives," Gorka said in an interview Tuesday.
Gorka also points to anti-Trump text messages between Peter Strjok and Lisa Page, two FBI agents previously assigned to work on the Hillary Clinton email investigation and the Russia Probe, as another example of a “deep state” trying to undermine President Trump.
“The FBI’s reputation is more than tarnished and it will take years to recover is prestige,” Gorka said.
Some critics call the deep state a conspiracy theory peddled by Republicans hoping to undermine the FBI. Others simply interpret its meaning quite differently.
“I think the public is rightfully concerned about the influence of Wall Street, the influence of drug companies. Those powerful interests have far too much influence over the president, over the leaders in the House and Senate,” said Sen. Sherrod Brown, D- Ohio, in an interview Tuesday.
In a government created by and for the people, some fear it’s not operating as it should.