National security blog, The Intercept, reports Tuesday that the White House is considering a proposal to draft a network of friendly "spies" within the federal government, in an effort to combat what they believe are seditious "Deep State" employees, within the federal ranks, subverting the administration's agenda.
According to the report, the proposal is for a wildly extensive spy network designed to report back on official intelligence gatherers, and provide a check on entrenched national security officials who have agendas of their own, counter to the president's.
“Pompeo can’t trust the CIA bureaucracy, so we need to create this thing that reports just directly to him,” a source told the Intercept. “It is a direct-action arm, totally off the books. The whole point is this is supposed to report to the president and Pompeo directly.”
The proposal would also, reportedly, create a new, separate, unofficial agency that could operate in places like North Korea and Iran — where the United States has an interest in collecting intelligence but can't because of formal, longstanding diplomatic policy (though it's not clear the United States already doesn't have one of those because it's not as though they'd publicize it).
The White House has long sought a way to combat the influence of remaining Obama-era officials inside the massive government bureaucracy that is the Department of Justice. Trump officials have spoken regularly about "leaks" within the system, and have worried, quite publicly, that certain officials are deliberately undermining diplomatic and intelligence efforts. This week's revelation — that an FBI agent on Special Counsel Robert Mueller's team, and former FBI Director James Comey's before that, had to be removed from investigations over his anti-Trump sentiments — has probably done little to assuage the White House's fears.
Several sources close to the report did cast some doubt on a Trump plan to wire the entire CIA and spy on the spies, saying that the president has entertained a number of proposals on how to neutralize "deep state" threats, and this was merely one of many.