Regardless of how one feels about special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation, there is no doubt that his bombshell indictment of a dozen Russians on Friday shifted the dynamics ahead of President Donald Trump’s meeting in Helsinki with his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin. Many Americans are concerned about Trump’s bizarre relationship with Putin, and WhoWhatWhy’s own coverage has shown that they probably should be. Therefore, they may feel that the announcement of the indictment, which charges the Russians with hacking Democratic email accounts in an effort to help Trump in the 2016 presidential election, was a good thing ahead of the Helsinki summit. After all, it put pressure on Trump not to take it too easy on Putin — as he has done in the past. But the timing of the indictment is more than curious. Even a charitable assessment of the decision to make the announcement before Trump’s meeting with Putin shows that Mueller, as an unelected government employee, interfered in the ability of the US president to conduct foreign policy in a manner he thought fit. To some, that is the very definition of the “Deep State” at work and the White House has a legitimate reason to criticize the Department of Justice for the timing of the announcement. However, for every real example of unelected government officials or groups of people taking matters into their own hands, there are also many cases in which the “Deep State” is blamed for the most ridiculous things. A perfect example is the case of Rep. Jim Jordan (R-OH), who is accused of having turned a blind eye to sexual abuse and harassment at the Ohio State University wrestling program when he was a coach there. One of his supporters, Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-FL) asserted last week that this was somehow the work of the Deep State, as though sexual abuse of wrestlers 30 years ago was some sort of conspiracy to bring down a coach later in life if that coach ever ended up in Congress. Clearly there is still some confusion as to what the “Deep State” is. The term was hardly used until the last few years, but has recently made it into the mainstream — partly because of Trump, who regularly employs the term. We also hear it referenced by mainstream media talking heads on TV, and it’s a topic of discussion at water coolers, bars, and dining tables across America.
….Where is the DNC Server, and why didn’t the FBI take possession of it? Deep State? — Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 14, 2018What you may or may not know is that WhoWhatWhy has been exploring this fascinating subject for years, long before it became common parlance.But just what is the Deep State?To help you figure it out, below we present some of WhoWhatWhy’s premier work on the Deep State. We invite you to comment, and tell us what do you think about the Deep State.