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Clapper: Whistleblower Fueling the 'Conspiratorial Fire' of the 'Deep State' Trying to Overthrow Trump

Former National Intelligence Director James Clapper testifies on Capitol Hill. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais, File)

WASHINGTON — Former Director of National Intelligence James Clapper said that there isn’t a “deep state” effort to undermine President Donald Trump but the whistleblower complaint about his call with the Ukraine president from someone in the intelligence community “fuels that conspiratorial fire.”

“Well, I never heard of the term deep state, maybe I was, you know, ignorant or bliss or something, but I never heard of that until the campaign and afterwards. Allegedly this is a conspiracy of career government public servants who somehow organize themselves into a conspiracy to undermine or overthrow the president, which on its face is ridiculous,” Clapper said during the Washington Post’s Cybersecurity Summit on Wednesday.

“You know, the intelligence community, it’s almost wholly writ, truth to power and under whatever difficult circumstances that may be, even if the power ignores the truth, they still have to keep telling it. My experience has been that, sure, people in the intelligence community, they’re citizens like everyone else. Sure, they have their political views, but they, again, my observation has been consistently they park those political preferences at the door before they walk into the office,” he added.

Clapper continued, “So now, unfortunately, this recent whistleblower complaint coming from a member of the intelligence community just fuels that conspiratorial fire that there is such a thing as a deep state.”