In documents made available from the FBI in the investigation into Hillary Clinton and her use of a private email server, it was revealed that within the State Department there existed a cabal of individuals known as 'The 7th Floor Group', also known as 'The Shadow Government', and it met every Wednesday.
The FBI interviewed one particular individual who said that Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests would actually be routed through and reviewed by this secretive group:
“There was a powerful group of very high-ranking STATE officials that some referred to as ‘The 7th Floor Group’ or ‘The Shadow Government.’ This group met every Wednesday afternoon to discuss the FOIA process, Congressional records, and everything CLINTON-related to FOIA/Congressional inquiries,” the person told the FBI.
For years, TRUNEWS host Rick Wiles has continuously maintained that there has existed a 'shadow government' behind the curtains of day to day activities in Washington. Also going by the names 'The Deep State', 'The Welfare-Warfare State' or other monikers, these individuals comprise the working group that makes things happen and moves policy according to an agenda that is their own.
This documentation is the first time that somone within the current establishment has acknowledged the existence of such a group.
What is 'THE DEEP STATE'?
Writers, journalists, political scientists and political activists in the United States have for decades expressed concerns about the existence of a deep state or state within a state, which they suspect secretly controls public policy, regardless of which party controls the country's democratic institutions.
The nexus of power is centered on the military–industrial complex, intelligence community, and Wall Street, with others pointing to plutocrats andoligarchs. Often "big oil" is consdiered as a key player, while others focuses on national security officials.
Mike Lofgren, an ex-Washington staffer who has written a book on the issue, includes Silicon Valley, along with "key elements of government" and Wall Street, but emphasizes the non-conspiratorial nature of the "state".
Political scientist Michael J. Glennon believes that this trend is the result of policy being made by government bureaucracies instead of by elected officials.
"I was curious why a president such as Barack Obama would embrace the very same national security and counterterrorism policies that he campaigned eloquently against. Why would that president continue those same policies in case after case after case?"