Sean Hannity: Trump must purge deep-state bureaucrats now
Back to 1861, President Abraham Lincoln created a so-called “team of rivals,” a cabinet of adversaries that he ran against in the Republican primary. But while Lincoln sought to unify his party through these cabinet selections, he also cleaned house in the federal government. He fired more than 75 percent of executive branch employees, at the time nearly 1,200 people. Why? He had reason to fear they could be disloyal.
President Trump would do well to follow Lincoln’s example and a fire anyone and everyone who is actively working against him in government.
After all, even former president Bill Clinton utilized this tactic back in 1993. He fired all 93 U.S. attorneys. According to Conservative Review’s Daniel Horowitz, sacking subversive government employees is best done at the start of an administration.
“Clinton easily fired all 93 U.S. attorneys on Day 1,” Horowitz noted. “Nobody blinked an eye. Yet when Bush’s attorney general fired eight U.S. attorneys well into his second term, well, that became a national scandal.”
It’s also very important for President Trump to act now because he’s got to end the leaks that are plaguing this administration. This explosion of leaks coincides with President Obama 11th hour revision of federal policy to allow the widespread sharing of raw data collected by American intelligence agencies. Obama had to know making thousands more government workers privy to sensitive information would exponentially increase the likelihood of leaks.
Why did President Obama wait until the waning days of his eight years in office to do this? Maybe because he wanted to facilitate leaks that he hoped would cripple his predecessor.
“They’re dealing with seditious people within the Department of Justice, within the FBI, within the Department of Interior, within the CIA,” Rep. Duncan Hunter, R-Calif., said. “There are just people that don’t approve of the Trump presidency, and I think that they’re trying to take him down from the inside.
“I think you have people within the government, what you call the deep state, bureaucrats, Obama appointees that hate Donald Trump,” Hunter added.
Rep. Steve King, R-Iowa, agrees.
“Donald Trump needs to purge leftists from the executive branch before disloyal, illegal and treasonous acts sink us,” he tweeted.
It’s important that the president begins to hear this and act now.
For months, deep state antagonists have been working overtime to try and delegitimize Donald Trump’s presidency. One tactic has been to insinuate – without any evidence – that there was some sort of campaign collusion with Russia.
Even if they did produce evidence, it would be difficult to evaluate in light of the latest revelations published by WikiLeaks. The CIA, according to the disclosures, has sophisticated malware that can make it appear that cyber activity is being conducted by other nations, when, in fact, people within our own government may be responsible. WikiLeaks, in its press release, specifically pointed out that they could be doing this in the case of this Russian campaign meddling narrative.
My message is simple. Every holdover from the Obama administration needs to go. A thorough investigation of leakers needs to be conducted. And people who have committed felonies or violated the Espionage Act must be prosecuted.
Those who aren’t actively working with President Trump to fix the country need to be shown the door. They are hurting the people who pay their salaries.
Adapted from Sean Hannity’s monologue on “Hannity,” March 9, 2017
Sean Hannity currently serves as host of FOX News Channel’s (FNC) Hannity (weekdays 10-11PM/ET). He joined the network in 1996 and is based in New York. Click here for more information on Sean Hannity.