The week’s impeachment inquiry hearings inspired the Washington Post on Saturday to run a piece called, “In Trump’s Washington, the rogue actors are the real players — and the experts are increasingly irrelevant.”

Of course, we’ve been hearing all week in the media that those testifying before the House Intelligence Committee are members of the “Deep State,” which the media used to deny existed but now praise as a cadre of heroes saving the country from the president and his policies.

The Washington Post found a former State Department official who fears that if President Trump is elected to a second term, impeachment will make him hellbent on the destruction of the civil service:

Today, the focus in the White House is on weeding out the civil servants and diplomats called before Congress. When the hearings shifted to public testimony, Trump and his allies took to Twitter to disparage them.

“Everywhere Marie Yovanovitch went turned bad,” the president wrote of his former Ukraine ambassador as she answered lawmakers’ questions.

Trump attacked Jennifer Williams, an aide to Vice President Pence, and Vindman, two experts on Ukraine and Eastern Europe who are still working in the White House, as “never Trumpers.”

“Unfortunately, the impeachment will make the president hellbent on the destruction of the civil service if he wins a second term,” said one former State Department official who spent two years serving in the Trump White House. “It’s terrifying.”

It only sounds terrifying if you’re part of the civil service, really; otherwise …