The 'deep state' is real. But are its leaks against Trump justified? | Jack Goldsmith

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Even the most severe critics of the US president should worry about this subtle form of anti-democratic abuse

America doesn’t have coups or tanks in the street. But a deep state of sorts exists here and it includes national security bureaucrats who use secretly collected information to shape or curb the actions of elected officials.

Some see these American bureaucrats as a vital check on the law-breaking or authoritarian or otherwise illegitimate tendencies of democratically elected officials.

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At no other time have we seen such a profusion of sensitive leaks from the deep state with such an overtly political aim

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