Comey: "The Russians Concluded Trump Was Hopeless Last August"

Tyler Durden's picture

It appears that Russia fell for the same ruse that much of America, not to mention its press and punditry, was taken by, at least according to the FBI director: believing US polls. 

During his hearing before the House Intel Panel, FBI Director James Comey said that the Russians expected Hillary Clinton to win the presidency over Donald Trump as of August and September.

“Late in the summer they concluded based on the polling that a lot of people were reading that Mr. Trump didn’t stand a chance,” said Comey, although it was not clear just how the FBI knew what the Russians "concluded" as of last summer.

The FBI director's extrapolations then continued: “let’s just focus on undermining her,” Comey says of Russian thinking at the time, which however was also confusing as earlier in his testimony Comey said "we saw no efforts aimed at the vote itself."

Comey then disputed the content of a tweet from President Trump regarding Russia influencing the 2016 presidential race.  At the same time that Comey and National Security Agency Director Michael Rogers testified to the House Intelligence Committee about Russian interference in the U.S. presidential election, the president tweeted a video from his @POTUS account, saying "the NSA and FBI tell Congress that Russia did not influence electoral process."

Responding to a question from Rep. Jim Himes about the president’s Twitter post that “The NSA and FBI tell Congress that Russia did not influence electoral process,” Comey said: “We’ve offered no opinion, have no view and have no information on potential impact because it’s never something we looked at.”

Comey was then pressed on whether it was "too far of a logical leap to conclude that the assertion that you have told the Congress that there was no influence on the electoral process is not quite right" to which Comey responded "It certainly wasn't our intention to say that today."

"Because we don't have any information on that subject. That's not something that was looked at."

Comey then again seemed to contradict himself when he said that "we saw efforts to penetrate the voter registration databases."

Five hours after its start, the hearing continues, with numerous extrapolations, with no actual facts presented, as the heads of the FBI and NSA redefine "conspiracy theory."

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Snípéir_Ag_Obair's picture

Red Scare Redux: "Russian Weapons Stocked Right Up At NATO's Border!"

A Washington Post news piece on the current NATO budget spat remarks:

Russia, for its part, keeps tanks and missiles stocked right up against the NATO border.

Now, that's truly threatening of Russia and DANGEROUS!

How did that come to be?

Playtime's Over's picture

Yesssss, sound logic. Just like the fake news pundits here.  He's gonna loose big time.  Yep, sound logic.  

Jim in MN's picture

Straight down the throat of anyone who tried to follow the logic of any of this claptrap.

Oldwood's picture

Who exactly ARE the "Russians"? Is he referring to Russian intelligence, or Russian diplomats, or RT? It is a bold statement to speak for ALL Russians, as much as it is to speak for ALL Americans. It is simply fantastical to imagine that the Russians or anyone else could make more of a farce of our political leaders than is already obvious to all by their very own mouths (and mouthpieces). Americans would look at any other country self destructing like our own current progressives are doing and not see anything other than the corruption and ineptitude of a failing society. They are actively and admittedly attempting to unseat an elected president since before he took office....something they claimed was paramount to treason....before Hillary lost the election.

i poop pink ice cream's picture

The "Russian" are the CIA employees in Langley, Virginia taked with the job of using CIA Information Technology tools to pretend to be Russian and to hack into various U.S. servers.

LowerSlowerDelaware_LSD's picture
LowerSlowerDelaware_LSD (not verified) i poop pink ice cream Mar 20, 2017 4:08 PM

I get ten or so emails from "hot Russian babes" looking to hookup every day. Is that considered Russian collusion?

Bollixed's picture

Could you do me a favor and give them my email address? It's "". Thanks.

Got The Wrong No's picture

Yes, according to the gender neutered, opposite of what you were born, Pedophilia and sheep fucking left.  

consider me gone's picture

Of the worst kind. You should send them to me for further analysis.

i poop pink ice cream's picture

The "Russian" are the CIA employees in Langley, Virginia tasked with the job of using CIA Information Technology tools to pretend to be Russian and to hack into various U.S. servers.

Chupacabra-322's picture

@ i poop,

The "Spoofing" or Digital Finger Print & Parallel Construction tools that can be used against Governments, Individuals, enemies & adversaries are Chilling.

Effective immediately defund, Eliminate & Supeona it's Agents, Officials & Dept. Heads in regard to the Mass Surveillance, Global Espionage Spying network & monitoring of a President Elect by aforementioned Agencies & former President Obama, AG Lynch & DIA James Clapper.

The CIA can not only hack into anything -- they can download any "evidence" they want onto your phone or computer.  Child pornography, national secrets, you name it.  Then they can blackmail you, threatening prosecution for whatever crap they have planted, then "found" on your computer.    They can also "spoof" the source of such downloads -- for instance, if they want to "prove" that something on your computer (or Donald Trump's computer) came from a "Russian source"  -- they can spoof the IP address of a Russian source.

The take-away:  no digital evidence the CIA or NSA produces on any subject whatsoever can be trusted.  No digital evidence should be acceptable in any case where the government has an interest, because they have the complete ability to fabricate and implant any evidence on any iphone or computer.  And worse:  they have intentionally created these digital vulnerabilities and pushed them onto the whole world via Microsoft and Google.     Government has long been at war with liberty, claiming that we need to give up liberty to be secure.  Now we learn that they have been deliberately sabotaging our security, in order to augment their own power.  Time to shut down the CIA and all the other spy agencies.  They're not keeping us free OR secure, and they're doing it deliberately.  Their main function nowadays seems to be lying us into wars against countries that never attacked us, and had no plans to do so.

The Wizard's picture

"Government has long been at war with liberty" +100 on that comment

What I surmise from all of this is we need to depend on the Russians and Wikileaks to have transparency and inform us of the government acting in a criminal way to violate any liberty we have left in this country. These goons are global elitists who don't give a damn about liberty and privacy. Unless its their privacy. Was it the Russians who clued us in on the DNC manipulating the primaries. Oh no, that was Wikileaks. But don't these globalists claim Wikileaks gets its information from the Russians. Putin is no angel but stop playing games accusing Russia of being an imperialist and the US is acting on good behavior. What a joke. Just ask Viki Nuland.

What a moron Carson is by saying that Russia invaded Crimea. Apparently he is not aware of the population living in Crimea. I would like to know how these ignoramuses get into office. Oh yeah, they are voted in. This explains how democracy works.

As for Russia being an "adversary" to the United States, isn't Google and adversary to Yahoo, etc.? Does the United States behave in an adversarial way to Russia? Which country has over 800 foreign bases spread around the world.

Let's get real. These guys and gals can't even put on a good show.

jcaz's picture

Agreed.  It's been pretty clear that the Russians have been the adults in the room during all of this- it would be interesting to get Vlad's take on it,   but he's too smart to stick a finger in this mess.  I was heartened that he was happy to chat with Trump before all this went DefCom 3,  hope Trump can still see the forest thru the trees.

Oldwood's picture

And, best of all, they are irrefutable as they are effectively the ONLY credible source for such info. They can lie cheat and frame, and there is NOTHING you can do about it as they are THE Intelligence agencies! Comey can stand up there and say NOTHING and it is PROOF of something, or at least everyone is claiming it is. 

He can neither confirm or deny anything...but he can suggest....which is taken of proof. We see countless "leaks" from anonymous "credible" intelligence agency persons, that are PROOF, right? Nothing more is needed for those seeking to overthrow our government.

mc888's picture

Chupie, you are technically correct. But it raises my question from several months ago - if they wanted to make a bust, why didn't they just fabricate some evidence?

Somewhere, somebody has a reason to either fight a fake or simply not release anything.

Comey made a couple of insinuations today that were very revealing.

12:55 PM: 

Comey: "They (Russia) were unusually loud in their intrusion. It was almost as if they didn't care that we knew about their intrusions."

It was clear enough to anybody really paying attention instead of spewing their own partisan propaganda. Russian fingerprint but not the Russian playbook.

Some of you guys may find your doubts about Comey misplaced.


Yog Soggoth's picture

With the exception of the good guys that swore the oath wih heart  felt meaning of course. They know who they are, but we might not. There is a lot of confusion out there right now, and it seems puposely disicive. I for one am not digging it.

Zorba's idea's picture

Comey should be appreciated as a daily siren call, reminding us what happens when you intend to decieve, what a wicked web you weave

X- x3's picture

I wouldn't be surprised, especially that Schiff.

Schiff's body language reveals he's most definitely a compromised pervert.

Talkin' about pedo-Joe Biden, here's a disgusting compilation of biden-the-pedophile;

Watch Jeff Sessions!!! protecting his little girl!!!!! HE KNOWS!!!!





WillyGroper's picture

Sessions slapping that deviate's hand away says it ALL.

JRobby's picture

Comey knows dick with any certainty.

He is talking out his ass to try to keep "THE RUSSIAN THING" alive.


Chris Dakota's picture
Chris Dakota (not verified) JRobby Mar 20, 2017 2:49 PM

Russia was like us, they prefered not to be engaged in nuclear war.


Russians should have read me, I was right.

I will be right on La Pen too. She wins.

Jim in MN's picture

"We tried strenuously to avoid drawing any conclusions from the total lack of evidence, especially politically devastating but wholly fabricated conclusions that would be repeated in giant red text boxes in airport and bar TVs all over the country."

That's some fine police work there Lou.


Blankone's picture

Yes, his job is to keep the impression going that there is a Russian threat to take over US elections.  And that it is the Russians that are a threat to freedoms, rights and representation - instead of the deep state/zionists.

dr kill's picture

Hey, didn't you used to own the Dolphins?  I was thinking Comey should also get the can, but having a stooge like Comey around will be useful some day.

CuttingEdge's picture

Keystone Comey makes Inspector Clouseau look a genius of law enforcement.

Gotta feel sorry for your average career FBI bloke - working in the knowledge that they all have that politicized cunt to put up with as director for another six years, rather than someone who is up to the task.

Zorba's idea's picture

at the moment I'm daydreaming of a mutiny within the FBI...the honorables vs the dishonorables. Paging Elliot Ness! Clean this fucking mess up

junction's picture

Yes, and now Trump has concluded that Comey is hopeless.

Dr. Tungsten's picture

Thats in your "perfect" world. In reality though Trump congratulated Comey for successfully managing to keep the Russian bait alive. 

seabiscuit's picture

This is my abject surprise that the same swill and lies are spewed over and over in Washington. None of the three letter agencies will ever give up the truth - EVER. Nor do they have to, so why do you waste your time expecting these criters to say truth? The Smith-Mundt NDAA of 2013 provides legal cover for these critters to legally lie to "Murcans.




Chupacabra-322's picture

@ sea,

BINGO! Give that man a CeeGar! Exactly. The rewording of the Smith- Mundt Act gives legal cover to the Presstitute Media & Criminal Fraud UNITED STATES, CORP. INC. it's CEO & Borad of Directors to legally lie to the American People with


Dr. Tungsten's picture

Comey's task is to protect President Trump while manage to remain in charge of the FBI. It appears so funny, having had read all comments below, that no one noticed, that Comey has actually helped Trump win in November and continues to defend the president. 

Simple question, what would any of keyboard warrior or Trump opposition do in Comey's place? Exactly what they can and cannot. 

Comey is a powerful man, a true patriot, a Knight in the best meaning of it. This is a war and Trump is not just a word or a man or a president. It is a movement of true freedom and the future for all human kind. 

I shall be back to remind you when the war against majority of humans is over, that Comey is one kind of a hero. Unless i change my way of life, the nick, or dead. 

Dr. Tungsten. 

hxc's picture

Agreed that he helped Trump win, and he did it without getting assassinated or causing a civil war with Obama still as president.

Upvoted for your optimism.

Dr. Tungsten's picture

I knew i wasn't alone 

ZD1's picture

So Hillary's followers suddenly decided to switch their votes in masse to Trump because of Comey's fake investigation?


Wishful thinking. 


Comey didn't help Trump then and he's not helping him now. 

Dr. Tungsten's picture

To comprehend Trump game plan check first if you are ready to give your life for your people, then listen to his inauguration speech at least once a day. 

It is a direct order from Trump to keep the Russian bait akive so as the opposition is drained of energy and resource, and most importantly the valuable time while Trump locks in. 

Finally, there will be number of trials and magnificient revelations, very soon. 

There are at least four governments in the USA prior Trump's America assuming control, one of them being the social media. You must understand, that most of you live in virtual Hollywood / facepuke like reality where billions of minds and hearts are manipulated via solo text message, all over the world. 

Trump and family have been wire tapped, Comey as a face of worlds most powerful intel institution knew and knows everything. At some point in mid 2016 Comey and team made the most important decision and chose to take America back. 

I was enjoying every bit of this questioning circus since i knew intentions of everyone in the room. 

Dr. Tungsten. 

Dr. Tungsten's picture

I recall last year summer and opinions ref Trump chances. I am glad i am among few who believe in old, outdated, patriotic values. I knew he would win. I knew Trump is genius. And i believe in God. 

swamp's picture

You really need to exclude Trey Gowdy from your obtuse smear

Zorba's idea's picture

The fabled Ringling Brothers Circus is coming to an end after 146 years. What could possibly replace the greatest show on earth? HAHAHAHAHAHAHA oh guess ZHers.

adanata's picture


There's a new petition on to can commie Comey... should you feel so inclined

adanata's picture

apologize...double post :(

So It Goes's picture

"Lack of coherent responses"

Yet Mr Trump says he still has faith in Comey.  That is interesting given that Mr Trump is infamous for saying "you're fired".  

My theory is that Comey is a buffer to #2 guy McCabe.  According to George Webb, McCabe is the one stonewalling the investigation of Hillary's emails and has taken a $650K bribe. McCabe is also reported to be verbally advocating the overthrow of Trump.

I think that once McCabe is dislodged - Comey is vulnerable.  At this time, Comey is a protective wall between Trump and McCabe so Comey is spared and we must endure Comey's babbling. McCabe clearly has powerful friends.  McCabe is a major pillar of the house of cards.  When McCabe goes - Pizzagate (pedogate) will emerge and 1/3 of those in power are toast.

SoDamnMad's picture

Well at least the FBI protected America by getting Tom Brady's Super Bowl Jersey along with the one stolen from 2 years ago back from a member of the Mexican media.  We can all sleep soundly tonight knowing they did agreat jb protecting American's from foreign thefts.  

The Wizard's picture

It's showtime ( ) There is plenty that has to be diverted from at this time. You would think they would be afraid of looking like fools with a continuation of the Russian meme. As long as the globalists control the media they believe they are all powerful, like The Wizard. One big event is the "debt ceiling".

One of the biggest misnomer's is the concept "debt ceiling" which was put into place to limit the growth of fiat in order for the dollar retain "value". Every time we hit a ceiling, it is raised. I ask, where's the ceiling? it is the antithesis of "QE".
roadhazard's picture

I learned a lot from the questions asked that Comey could/would not answer yesterday. Things I would not hear on ZH.

onewayticket2's picture

IF the IC can alter the digital footprint to change the location of the hacker, cant they also change the DATE stamp that might be contained in that hack?

goober's picture

And notice how the vault 7 has been completely ignored by PRAVDA/MSM. Wikileaks clearly defines the democrat partisans for what they are, criminals who control the agencies necessary to undermine anybody via spying and illegal observation to be used to accomplish such undermining.

Ponder this simpe thesis. The many spook agencies have been caught and even admitted to illegal spying and survelliance on a grand scale and we know of many people who have been spyed on and surveyed illegally. That is NOT conjecture. So how is it any sort of stretch to say it still continues and DT and crew were in fact surveyed for the sole purpose of gathering any and all information to be used to undermine them politically ? Of course this happened and we all know it ! So who is Comey and crew think they are fooling ? They are simply running cover for the democrats that are entrenched in ths shadow government apparatus and who apparently control these agencies via coercive means. 

On one hand Comey said yesterday that FBI was still investigating DT and the supposed Russia connection ? On the other hand he would NOT say if the Flynn leaks, which we all know are in fact actual crimes, is still ongoing ? He deliberately left it open so there would be a question mark and give the Dems more false paradigms to run with. Everything this guy says is double speak just as it was with the Hillary fiasco where he defined and explained her actual crimes and then said they could not be proven because of her intent ? Is it not beyond obvious this guy is a shill running cover for the oligarchs and control freaks and he deserves to be water boarded himself ? His lies, deception amnd distortions and are beyond preposterous and insulting to any one with even a part of their brain intact. 

DT,  fire this guy ASAP and vet all the rest of the spooks immediately or face the consequneces. They have all shown you exactly who they are and who they are allied with and it is not YOU, or any of the American people ! They are simply all about protecting their own deep state apparatus, power and control over all of us.

"When the government fears the people, there is liberty...when the people fear the government, there is tyranny" T Jefferson,  how very appropriate today hey ?