According to reports, the Trump White House is considering a proposal for a private and global espionage network to counter "enemies of the deep state" that want to undermine Trump's presidency, according to a report by The Intercept.
The proposals for the According to reports, the network was developed by the founder of Blackwater, Erik Prince, who is also brother of the Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos Elizabeth (Betsy) Dee DeVosTrump, considering the network of espionage to combat the enemies of the "deep state": intercept Bharara, Yates' Twitter list of most new political accounts followed, the Republican bill would eliminate the Obama administration in professional preparation programs MORE as well as the retired CIA officer John Maguire and Oliver North, who was involved in the Iran-Contra scandal and reportedly brought on board to "sell the effort" to the administration.
Spies would be "off the books," dodging official US intelligence agencies. UU and report directly to the CIA Director Mike Pompeo Michael (Mike) Richard PompeoTillerson: Department of State & # 39; do not get lost & # 39; despite the vacancies Trump considers espionage network to combat enemies 'deep state': intercept Five things senators should ask Tom Cotton if he is nominated to head the CIA MORE according to intelligence officials American and current, Intercept reported.
A former US intelligence official with knowledge of the proposals told Intercept that Pompeo does not trust the "CIA bureaucracy," so a global spy network is needed to gather intelligence information that is not shared with the intelligence community.
"Pompeo can not trust the CIA bureaucracy, so we need to create this to report directly to him," said the source told the news shop. "It's an arm of direct action, totally out of books."
Trump has brought out the "deep state" repeatedly during his presidency, claiming that there are officials in politics and government departments and agencies that seek to undermine his administration.
According to reports, the network would consist of an "army of spies" in countries around the world, including North Korea and Iran, which are currently "denied areas" for US intelligence.
President Pence was one of those who had been informed about the plan, said a spokesperson for Pence that "there is no record that [Prince] has met or informed the vice president."
Two former senior intelligence officials told the press that Pompeo "embraced" the plan and is pressuring the White House to adopt the proposal.
The Intercept also reported that the people involved with the plans have held secret meetings. ngs with possible donors at the Trump Hotel.
A spokesman for the National Security Council told the Intercept that the White House "does not support and would not support such a proposal" and that it could not find "any evidence" that the proposals once attracted the attention of the White House or the National Security Council, and a spokesman for the CIA told Intercept: "They have been provided completely inaccurate information by people who sell an agenda"
Prince and Maguire have denied that working together, and Prince denied their participation in the project, but a source told Intercept that "there is no doubt that Prince and Maguire were working together."
Another source said that Maguire was concerned about the "deep state" operatives within the CIA that came together under Obama and were withholding information from Trump.  "[Maguire] said there were people within the CIA who joined in the previous eight years, and within the government, and were failing to give the president the information he needed," the source said.
Updated: 1:41 p.m.