Trump unveils sweeping plan to ‘shatter the deep state’

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Former President Donald J. Trump watches the NCAA Wrestling Championships, Saturday, March 18, 2023, in Tulsa, Okla. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki) Sue Ogrocki/AP

Trump unveils sweeping plan to ‘shatter the deep state’

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Former President Donald Trump laid out a 10-point plan to “shatter the deep state” that he claims will also tackle the “weaponization” of the justice system.

Trump’s proposals seek to pare back the federal bureaucracy, root out alleged corruption, and deter leakers. Perhaps most notable is his call for the establishment of a “truth and reconciliation commission” to expose “deep state” machinations to the public. The plan marks the latest in his Agenda47 platform.

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“I will shatter the deep state and restore government that is controlled by the people,” Trump vowed in a video accompanying the policy proposal.

First on his agenda would be to revive an executive order issued in 2020 granting the president power to “fire rogue bureaucrats.” He pledged to deploy that “power very aggressively,” and his campaign cited a study that concluded federal employees were “fired at a rate of less than one in one thousand per year” over a 10-year time frame.

Trump then wants to comb through federal departments and agencies to root out “corrupt actors” in the national security apparatus. Third, Trump is calling for reforms to the FISA court and the establishment of a “Truth and Reconciliation Commission” to publish “all documents on deep state spying.”

Next, he wants to embark on a “major crackdown on government leakers who collude with the media to create false narratives.” This could include the pursuit of criminal charges. To ensure that inspectors general offices have the correct incentives, his plan will make them independent from the departments they oversee.

Among other proposals, Trump wants to create an independent auditing system to oversee intelligence agencies, push as many as 100,000 federal government jobs outside the nation’s capital, prohibit federal workers from landing gigs at “companies they deal with and regulate,” and impose term limits on members of Congress.

The former president has long railed against government bureaucracies he dubs the “deep state,” bristling at damaging leaks to the media that vexed his first term and claiming that the intelligence community targeted him.

Republicans have raged at the Justice Department, accusing it of unfairly targeting anti-abortion organizations, education activists, and other conservative groups. After the GOP reclaimed the House, they established a subcommittee to explore the “weaponization of the federal government.”

Top law enforcement officials, including FBI Director Christopher Wray and Attorney General Merrick Garland, have countered allegations of unfair practices.

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Trump’s policy unveiling comes amid rumors that an indictment against him is imminent from the Manhattan district attorney’s office over an alleged hush money payment made during the 2016 election cycle.

He is slated to head to Waco, Texas, for a campaign rally next weekend.

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