President Donald J. Trump was heavily criticized by the Washington political and media establishment for his early criticisms of the U.S. intelligence community’s estimation that he colluded with Russia to “steal” the election from Hillary Clinton.
One of the most inarticulate of critics, Sen. Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., told MSNBC host Rachel Maddow that Trump was being “really dumb” for criticizing what is essentially the Deep State.
“Let me tell you, you take on the intelligence community, they have six ways from Sunday at getting back at you,” Schumer said in January 2017, in response to then-President-elect Trump.
“So even for a practical, supposedly hard-nosed businessman, he’s being really dumb to do this,” Schumer added.
As The Hill reported at the time:
Intelligence officials have reportedly determined that Russia tried to interfere in the U.S. presidential election to help Trump win the White House. President Obama has ordered a full report on the issue, and last week he put in place new sanctions against Russian intelligence organizations and individuals, in addition to expelling 35 Russian officials from the country and closing two stateside facilities used by the Russians for intelligence purposes.
We would later find out that the Obama intelligence apparatus launched a pre-election operation to deny Trump the presidency in conjunction with Obama himself, his anointed successor Clinton, the Democratic Party, and of course the American Pravda media. Fake dossiers, misleading the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court, and spying on Trump campaign officials were all part of that operation.
It didn’t succeed, per se. It did succeed in hampering the president’s entire first year in office with a bogus special counsel probe that, the longer it proceeds, the further away it gets from “presidential collusion” and “obstruction of justice.”
A large number of former CIA operatives and officials are running for Congress in the 2018 midterms as Democrats, which may help to explain why there has been so much opposition to President Donald J. Trump’s policies in the intelligence community.
In fact, the WSWS notes further, the number of ex-Deep Staters running under the Democratic Party ticket is unprecedented, accounting for nearly half of the 102 primaries to choose Democrats in competitive House races, 44 “involve candidates with a military-intelligence or State Department background, with 11 districts having two such candidates, and one district having three.”
Internet entrepreneur Kim Dotcom sees this move as a growing nexus of power between the military-industrial-intelligence complex, the media, and the Democratic Party.
Meanwhile, Wikileaks founder Julian Assange sees an attempt by the Marxist Democratic Party to consolidate power throughout American institutions.
“The merger between the CIA, the Democrats, Iraq war neocons, NBC, CNN, and the Washington (Amazon) Post is a baleful predictor for US democracy,” he tweeted.
While Trump has less control over local House and Senate elections, he may be considering a plan to bypass the Deep State intelligence apparatus. As The Intercept reported in December, the president is considering a proposal by Erik Prince, the former head of private security firm Blackwater, and a retired CIA officer to provide CIA Director Mike Pompeo and the administration with a global, privately operated spy network that circumvents the U.S. intelligence community. Former Reagan national security official and retired Marine Lt. Col. Oliver North is also involved in the effort, the website noted.
What should be plainly evident from all of this, however, is the fact that — once again — the president has correctly identified his most formidable opponent and is keeping a couple steps ahead of them.