I think it's fair to portray the nation's capitol as a cesspool of treachery. Like a large, corrupt country club, everyone is trying to be "in" and acquire some of the power that is available. Some is achieved from large amounts of money, some is achieved by manipulating laws for profit, and some achieved by becoming a minion for the most loathsome examples of mankind.
Regardless of how the power is doled out, the consideration for those that will ultimately pay the bills is never considered. To the powerful, they are peons to be kept in their place; and manipulating these peons is the paramount requirement for success. The common citizen is only good for taking care of the services they require. Give them too much autonomy, and they become cocky.
To make matters worse, those in power have the media to hide their activities. With this cooperation of the media, administrative officials commit all types of crimes, and the highest members of the branches of government are used to punish those that question their activities. If they can't destroy the person financially, they use their employees to harass, or to destroy their lives to the point they lose even their families. The media, with their power, guarantee their are no survivors, and convict those they focus on to be convicted as guilty by the court of public opinion.
The worst thing about all of the corruption is the willingness to comingle for recognition and access. This can make even the most innocent a pawn to destroy others; and if that person is destroyed in the process, it means nothing to all. Too many have joined the "country club", and know they vulnerable. It's easier to stay quiet, or turn your head. Integrity doesn't exist; such things are for fools.
History is full of the folly of governments. Few ever survive for any long period of time, since most all succumb to the evils that power allows. To achieve the most power, the liberty of the individual can't be tolerated, and liberty is what every person desires. When the necessary tyranny becomes intolerable, people revolt, and if they are armed, their retaliation is brutal. In the aftermath, another experiment in government is achieved, and the process starts again.
The only explanation for the cesspool in the capitol is that too many decided they would ignore the simplest of rules demanded by the Constitution. They chose tyranny, and they betrayed their country.