What is the Deep State?
Since the moment Donald Trump was elected president of the United States, he’s been met with a resistance, including people working within the government to undermine its leader.
Polling shows that an overwhelming majority of Americans believe that a Deep State exists, and that “it’s secretly manipulating or directing national policy.”
Who are these people? Don’t they work for the president? And how is that they feel so invulnerable that they can actively seek to undermine him?
“These are career individuals who essentially have learned how to use the tools of state for their own personal political objectives,” says Lt. Col. Tony Shaffer, a former Army officer with decades of intelligence experience.
“The concept of the Deep State refers, in the popular imagination,” says award-winning investigative journalist James Rosen, “to a group of unelected officials who work within the intelligence community and have the power to frustrate or subvert a sitting president of the United States. Maybe even to evict one.”
“A lot of these people cannot be fired, and they consistently leak damaging information about” President Trump, says Saagar Enjeti, White House correspondent for The Daily Caller.
Watch as The Daily Caller presents an exclusive investigation into the existence and power of the Deep State.
Reporting by Vince Coglianese. Video shot and edited by Richie McGinniss.