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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Bill of Rights's picture

Trumps biggest mistake was not emptying every single branch of government of everyone hired over the last 25 years...Total tsunami if you will.

cherry picker's picture

Best thing is to build a fake population Washingrton can control and leave normal people alone.  They can operate in isolation and hollywood producers can make films showing a 'real' nuke war out there, forcing all three government institutions into bunkers.

The CIA and NSA won't have a problem with this lie as that is their specialization, bullshit.

I don't think anyone will miss them :)

RightLineBacker's picture

Hearing a total load of crap!

Bullshit from the beginning to the end.

The FBI, NSA & CIA can no longer be trusted and should be disbanded.

Clear the slate and start over with a small Spy operation with totally clear guidelines, boundaries and oversight.

Our existing Spooks are a clear and present danger to the USA and We the People.

Fire them ALL NOW!

Clear - Reset!

Anarchyteez's picture

FBI finds Tom Brady's Super Bowl jersey in Mexico but somehow can't find the IC's surveillance, Clinton's emails, or Pizzagate right in their own backyard.

Asshat traitors.

Bastiat's picture

They could probably find 10,000 Tom Brady Super Bowl jersies in China.

44magnum's picture

Or the 2 missing Rolls Royce jet engines at the pentagon.

Zorba's idea's picture

I heard Rumsfeld is using them for paper weights

dlfield's picture

I really can't believe we are paying for this bullshit.

shimmy's picture

haha, so basically this clown just talking out of his ass and then contradicting himself later. Yeah, pretty much par for the course when it comes to this whole Russia farce.

IranContra's picture

Russians have a lot of wisdom. But they have their blind spots. Giving missiles to Iran was a big mistake, for example.

Russians are becoming wiser as time goes by. They are now telling Iranian troops (and other "friendly" foreign militias/troops) to leave Syria gradually.

https://arabic.rt.com/press/868793-%D8%A7%D9%84%D8%B9%D8%B3%D9%83%D8%B1%...

Based on Izvestia. Couldn't find an English source.

Savyindallas's picture

The Iranians don't want to be in Syria, Yemen or Iraq--they just want non-hostile, somewhat friendly governments around them that do not want to destroy them. If you had lived under threat of total annihilation for over two decades, you would support friendly governments too. 

IranContra's picture

Wow! That's why Iraqis who have been under constant genocide by Iranian militias for so many years keep saying: Forget that Israel, the real Israel is Iran.

Shemp 4 Victory's picture

Flagged as #Actively-Hallucinating

avenriv's picture

since when ? when iran ocuppied iraq ? why ?

Snípéir_Ag_Obair's picture

You are a surprisingly bad hasbara troll.

But at least you're interesting.

Zorba's idea's picture

...and their only warm water port in Crimea the CIA tried to take away from them with their Ukranian muppets.

ZD1's picture

"The Iranians don't want to be in Syria, Yemen or Iraq--they just want non-hostile, somewhat friendly governments around them that do not want to destroy them."

So says the delusional Islamist cuck.

holgerdanske's picture

Who pays for these idiots. YOU do!!

Who suffers because of such scum, WE ALL do.

Stop feeding this monster!

 

The aim must now be to eradicate the FBI, CIA and NSA and all other parasitic organs from the surface of this earth.

They have become tools to entrap, swindle and coerce us all.

I have had enough.

Go to hell!

barysenter's picture

"It is the Life Lie of the neurotic that they invariably fail through the guilt of others." - Alfred Adler

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rUvOJqeYP5g

gilhgvc's picture

armed conflict is the only end game when powerful men insist on lies as a normal part of the day

crossroaddemon's picture

You firing the first shot?

Concertedmaniac's picture

There's another million like him so I'm sure one of them will tough guy

Canadien françcais's picture

This whole thing is a joke and the world wonders whether the US will fall any lower i.e. an outright coup (covered as impeachement).

Also, why such precipitation ? Trump won't be able to roll back the welfare state anyway, this is just a pause and the road to sertfdom will be resumed as soon as the Dems win elections. Obamacare still has to work more destruction, and the next crash happening under Trump/Reps will be of much political usefulness to the Dems.

So why isn't everything going fine for the State worshippers ? 

Why such histeria ? Why do they freak out ?

Peter K's picture

The Golden Emperor God takes the Establishment wretches to the wood shed.

What a joke these two clowns turned out to be.

What are we paying for?????

Richard Whitney's picture

Comey said he was permitted to speak about this investigation by the DoJ. Did he say which DoJ, under which administration?

Hillarys Server's picture

More and more I'm growing to appreciate the North Korean practice of executing politicians with anti-aircraft bazookas.

esum's picture

COMEY IS A LIAR AS ARE BRENNAN CLAPPER AND ROGERS....

waterboard them to get the truth  

these are the DEEP STATE operatives


Sam Spayed's picture

His name is pronounced "Commie."

Sam Spayed's picture

His name is pronounced "Commie."

Sam Spayed's picture

Why would the Russians want Trump in the WH when they invested so much money in Hillary and Bill???  Hillary already had her bribe taking apparatus all set up and in operation and had already taken numerous bribes from the Russians.  She had already given Russia a major portion of the US's uranium stores.  Why would Russia want Trump, an unknown, when Hillary is a well known and successful graft taker???

barysenter's picture

Traditionally the director of the FBI is a sick deviant owing favors to the dominant criminal organizations of his time, whose tenure in office is directly proportional to the dirt he was given on the politicians. Except for JFK (((They))) have had every (((president))) since Taft by the nose. Name a single other reason James Comey isn't in prison, deaded or hanged for treason already.

gilhgvc's picture

so when does the next VAULT 7 leak get dropped?

Davidduke2000's picture

First of all it is fake news to start with.

Even if the poll is correct, it's the equivalent of a hungry bunch of people waiting for their food, yet when the chef is trying to cook , elements are taking his ingredients away while he is cooking resulting in a delay .

But his 45% core support would not walk away from him, unless he continue with his mistake in Syria by following the obama plan and his strong support for israel. 

bankbob's picture

South Carolina Congressman Trey Gowdy to Comey:

"Did you brief Obama on Flynn?"

Comey: "Not going to answer that."

Pork Rind's picture

Force him to answer that

SharkBit's picture

Trump is right not to trust these clowns.  They are like the politically correct dick in the office.  Slimy as hell but nearly impossible to bring them down.  Need to go back and review Comey testimony about Hillary e-mails as his story seems to be changing about Russians. Total stooge.  Trump needs to fire this asshat.

Mzhen's picture

So the Democrats are desperate to salvage a few crumbs for sound bites and then get this whole thing out of the public consciousness.

The story gets good after that.

whatsupdoc's picture

Comey and the 'Intelligence Committee' are both putting on a show that will be designed to not come to any great 'conclusion'.  Can Trump start the process again with a more hand-picked Intelligence Committee?

Trump needs to somehow show how disingenuine both of them really are.

Comey is especially slimey.  Perhaps this is the greatest attribute that is required for someone in his position and the reason why so many on this site arc up about him.  This site attracts and keeps straighshooters in the main.

 

Sid Davis's picture

As if we didn't already have just cause to throw out our establishment masters.

Bill Melater's picture

Not only the Russians, but Hillary too. She even said: "Frankly I now have other priorities to focus on than listening to this Mr. Trump".

What a loser she is !

quax's picture

... although it was not clear just how the FBI knew what the Russians "concluded".

Too cute by half or just obtuse?

There is something like intelligence sharing between the services. If the CIA and NSA wouldn't have known the Russian sentiments in this matter they'd hardly be worth the billion of dollars spend on'em, now would they?

IranContra's picture

Breitbart and Fox have just begun to report (medium quality reporting) about why Iran is the biggest active threat to the US as Trump insists, and he is no servant of Israel.

Here are some good articles that may explain why the President and the generals are so focused on Iran.

Iran-Loyal Iraqis Gave Mosul to ISIS

Iran's Troops in Iraq

ISIS: Iran’s Instrument for Regional Hegemony

Rothschild's Hard Work in Iran

Islamic studies professors in the US are pro-Iran, it cost Rothschild billions to get there. The fake media has brainwashed all Americans, Left, Right and Center, to believe that Iran is harmless in preparation for Obama's wedding with Iran which put Iran right at America's throat.

Iranians already occupy Iraq, and have subverted Syria, Bahrain, Yemen, Sudan and Somalia (the ban list), and are attempting to take Saudi Arabia. Much US interest is being viciously attacked by Iran.

Trump promised not to start wars of aggression. He never said that he will not defend America's interests when attacked.

crossroaddemon's picture

Oh, please. ISIS is an asset of the CIA, not the Iranian government. We should be making trade deals with Iran in order to bring the price of oil down, not getting into a dick-shaking contest with them.

quax's picture

An asset you can't control is not much of an asset.  Though while I couldn't agree more with you on Iran, I think calling ISIS a CIA asset is a bit of a stretch. The CIA financed the mythical "moderate" Dschihadists, which then not so surprisingly ended up aligning themselves with ISIS.

On part of the US services, it's really more a story of utter incompetence than subterfuge (although in defense of the CIA, the illusion of the moderate Syrian rebels was probably politically forced onto them).

Snípéir_Ag_Obair's picture

coordinated airstrikes, repeated 'accidental' airdrops, continuing to flood Syraq with weapons and gear when they were clearly getting to takfiri psychos... oh and not being able to stop isis convoys and oil sales or stop their cash flow for months????

http://www.counterpunch.org/2015/10/12/us-caught-faking-it-in-syria/

http://www.activistpost.com/2014/08/why-arent-isis-and-al-qaeda-attackin...

its a fucking proxy, dude.

A golem... if you will.

Kushner... is an 'asset'.