The Role of the “Deep State”

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We are hearing a lot about “the deep state” and it’s all bad. A popular conspiracy theory claims that America’s civil service, including the intelligence community, is working secretly to undermine the Trump presidency.
I could believe some individuals in the civil service might be doing somethingg like that. But it’s absurd to suggest the entire civil service – or even a significant segment of the civil service – is engaged in a coordinated effort to illegally depose the president.