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Those of us who grew up in the Washington, D.C., area know that government workers are people who have dedicated themselves to public service. Many times, they have to take a salary lower than they would have gotten in the private sector, but they do this out of a dedication to our country.

At the same time, they suffer under a constant stream of derision from political hacks. In a press release from Oct. 17, Trump pledged to “drain the swamp in Washington, D.C.” He then tweeted: “I will Make Our Government Honest Again — believe me. But first, I’m going to have to #DrainTheSwamp.”

In January, just before he took office, Trump likened intelligence agency workers to Nazis.

“I think it was disgraceful, disgraceful that the intelligence agencies allowed any information that turned out to be so false and fake out. I think it’s a disgrace, and I say that … that’s something that Nazi Germany would have done and did do,” Trump told a news conference in New York on Jan. 11. The same day, he tweeted, “Intelligence agencies should never have allowed this fake news to ‘leak’ into the public. One last shot at me.Are we living in Nazi Germany?”

Well, the denizens of the swamp have struck back, and have done so decisively.

Look at some of those arrayed against Trump: James Comey — a lawyer who dedicated his life to law enforcement — and Rod Rosenstein — a career lawyer in the Department of Justice.

This is the revenge of the long-suffering civil servants who have simply had enough. There was no plot — just dedicated public servants who each decided for themselves to take on this strange man who somehow was elected president.

The bureaucracy — long maligned — are the ones now saving our country.