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Andy Biggs: 'Deep State' Around Long Time in US Govt.

Andy Biggs: 'Deep State' Around Long Time in US Govt.
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By    |   Friday, 15 June 2018 07:57 PM

Rep. Andy Biggs said Friday that "the deep state" has long existed within the federal government, but that it has been defined and has operated differently over the years.

"One aspect of the deep state is the bureaucracy, the bureaucrats there, the lifers [career employees]," the second-term Arizona Republican told the Washington Examiner's editorial board on Friday.

"They have a political agenda perhaps.

"And in most administrations, they get to come down, they get to do the top level [work], maybe next level.

"But the whole monstrosity remains there," he said.

President Donald Trump has accused the FBI and other intelligence agencies of being part of the "deep state" to sabotage his presidency.

According to Biggs, 59, who sits on the House Judiciary Committee, former President George W. Bush could not move forward on any of his agenda because of "something going on," which he likened to the deep state.

"What we're seeing here at the highest levels in the FBI and DOJ — which really is bothersome to me — is this idea of corruption for political purposes," he said.

Biggs also noted the case of former Louisiana Democratic Rep. William Jefferson, who was indicted and convicted of corruption in 2009 after federal agents found $90,000 in his freezer.

He has since pleaded guilty to three remaining charges in the case and was sentenced to five and a half years of the 13-year prison term he had served in the case.

"That's the kind of corruption where you say, 'Yeah, there are gonna be losers who get bought off and bribed, or succumb to bribes,'" Biggs told the editorial board.

"But this other thing is this idea of they're doing this for political control, political outcome.

"And, in a constitutional republic, that's the most dangerous game."

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Rep. Andy Biggs said Friday that "the deep state" has long existed within the federal government, but that it has been defined and has operated differently over the years. "One aspect of the deep state is the bureaucracy, the bureaucrats there, the lifers [career...
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