Pompeo rejects notion of ‘deep state’ at CIA

Pompeo rejects notion of ‘deep state’ at CIA
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CIA Director Mike PompeoMichael (Mike) Richard PompeoRosenstein report gives GOP new ammo against DOJ Pompeo rejects ‘good cop, bad cop’ characterization of Russia strategy Pompeo: 'Enormous mistake' for Iran to blame US, allies for attack on military parade MORE on Sunday rejected the possibility of a "deep state" existing at the CIA, defending his agents as "patriots of the truest and highest order."

When host John Dickerson asked the CIA chief on CBS News's "Face the Nation" whether there is a group of employees at his agency seeking to undermine the Trump administration, Pompeo responded, "No sir." 

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"Has there ever been one?" Dickerson asked.

"Sir, I've only been there for a little while. I can’t believe that it's ever been there. These are professionals who sacrifice so much to serve America. They're patriots of the truest and highest order," Pompeo responded.

The former lawmaker's remarks come after President TrumpDonald John TrumpGrassley: Dems 'withheld information' on new Kavanaugh allegation Health advocates decry funding transfer over migrant children Groups plan mass walkout in support of Kavanaugh accuser MORE claimed last week that there is a deep state at the Justice Department working against him and his administration, while protecting individuals tied to Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonGraham: There's a 'bureaucratic coup' taking place against Trump Fox News poll shows Dems with edge ahead of midterms Poll: Democrats in position to retake the House MORE

Former officials including James Clapper criticized the remark, with the former director of national intelligence calling it “reprehensible.” 

Trump has repeatedly claimed that there is a "deep state" throughout the government working against him.