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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Aussiekiwi's picture

I am sure Russia would love to influence the U.S election and would dearly love the FBI to detail how they might do it, because, like everyone else in the world it appears to be a bit of a mystery despite hundreds of highly qualified agents investigating who have access to every bit of online data ever produced. The best they have been able to come up with is that Russia leaked Clintons unprotected emails from her bathroom server to wikileaks, resulting in the truth being available to the public, this was depsite wikileaks stating it was inside information delivered to them by an individual in Clintons campaign.....somehow, what with WikiLeaks impeccable reputation for honesty I am inclined to believe them.

Victory_Garden's picture

This whole darn hulla-ba-loo is such a bag of distractionary bullshat.

Try actually watching this clown show at your own risk. Sum of it is good in TG, but most of it is pure political garbage not worthy of any attention.

Hey, what is isreal up to now?

How about that cancer called, clinton?





Time to go to the garden...fark this waste of time.

Entire Hearing:



Sledge-hammer's picture
Sledge-hammer (not verified) Mar 20, 2017 4:19 PM

Interesting that Comey knows all about the Russians and knows that Hillary Clinton and Co. did nothing wrong, but he has no clue/no comment/can not answer that regards our Glorious Trumpenfuhrer.  Tits on a boar-hog comes to mind.

DirtySanchez's picture

The Russian's know in their hearts that Comey is an establishment stooge.

So does Trump.

As do the tens of millions of Trump's gun bearing supporters.


Try and take him from office......


The civil war will be bloody and endless; the nation will not recover.

quax's picture

"The nation will not recover".

It recovered just fine the last time around. 

Just saying ...

aloha_snakbar's picture

Agreed; maybe by 2150 things will be back to "normal"...

PoasterToaster's picture
PoasterToaster (not verified) Mar 20, 2017 4:27 PM

How the fuck would you know, Jimmy?  You talking to the Russians or something?

That's a paddlin'.

Lostinfortwalton's picture

The only kind of investigations the FBI does are criminal investigations and Comey admits the FBI is looking into Republicians being compromised and working with the Russians to get Trump elected? But he will not comment on the multiple investigations of the Clinton Foundation that Loretta Lynch tried to derail or even admit that there are still any in progress. And he has no evidence any Republicians were doing anything with the Russians. And the one private citizen who could be called to testify under oath is conveniently on a fly-speck French island in the Pacific Ocean for at least a month under the protection of the loathed lame-duck Hollande. That about it?

quax's picture

"That about it?"

Yep, as long as you filter everything through a hyper partisan filter, I guess that's all you'll ever see.

Mr Perspective's picture

Comey, for lack of a better term, is a goddamn liar. "The Russians" are not the idiots he is portraying them to be. They knew exactly what was going on during the election and they certainly weren't getting their info from fucking polls. HAH! Just imagine the Kremlin watching World News Tonight and reading the McPaper for intel. Utter nonsense. Now go back to sleep comrade - nothing to see here...

Time to seriously wonder what the left hand is doing while the right hand has been so busy distracting you.

Hannibal's picture

“Nuclear Bomb Is Now In Play In (Bulgaria) EU” Warns Russia"

Dog Will Hunt's picture

Spin this all you want, you disingenuous little twats.  The investigation continues.    

gilhgvc's picture

where are the god damned Special Prosecutors? There HAS to be one or two honest people left in this country. Investigate EVERYTHING, shut down the rest of the damn govt while you do it.

Brazen Heist's picture


Because up until yesterday we were hearing the Russians hacked the elections.

The establishment has lost the plot.

The US empire, on the exterior appears mighty and rich, but is run by a bunch of incredibly insecure and paranoid little bitches.

Lostinfortwalton's picture

I am starting to get Comey and Coach K confused. Mealy-mouth is mealy-mouth.

aloha_snakbar's picture

Who gives a fuck what Comey says; I would not even buy a used car from the weasel...

LA_Goldbug's picture

After the sale you get a bike. Comey will come back and say "My definition of car is a vehicle with wheels."

are we there yet's picture

Up until the day of the election, the DNC, the RNC, the general public, the public media all were resigned and convinced that Hillary would win. It is believable that Putin thought the same. I suspect that he was as surprised as everyone else. The DNC and their agents are just angry and looking for any straw man they can blame other than themselves. Hillary has a lot of bribe donatiors that want their bribe money back.

romanmoment's picture

Ted Nugent had more influence to elect Trump than Putin or any other state working to get him elected.  Which, by the way, came down to Israel and possibly Russia.  The 193 countries were proactively pulling for HRC and undermining Trump.


The Nuge delivered MI and probably impacted others in the region.  Wang Dang....

aloha_snakbar's picture

We should replace Comey with a Russian prostitute...

Catullus's picture

Theatre. Pure and simple.

Hamm Jamm's picture

Why would anyone in their right mind believe anything this ASSHAT has to say !

can anyone imagine this guy being truthful about anything


so far .. no evidence at all

so far ... alot of opinion and confusing blah ba blah from a desk jocky


not one person in charge is worth a thimble of piss ...  what a damned mess

custard's picture

I,m afraid that many in congress are tied up with the Globalist as is the Clinton Foundation, Pharmacy, Banks , you name it. The little people bow down to the Globalist and that will include Trump if he doesn't tow their line. He will end up like Scalia and JFK and others. That said, Trump is the last hope for the average hard working American. If he fails America will be a completely different place where the average person will do as the Globalist say or perish. I can see it coming, VERY SOON. Most of Washington is corrupt including many in the intelligence

MuffDiver69's picture

Have to hand it to Russians. They did such a fine job Hillary won the popular vote and just about every single damn poll,and news outlet had her winning.Thats collision folks.. This entire situation is fucked up.

Panic Mode's picture

Comey, you define the word 'Hopeless'.

St. Alphonzo's picture

Comey and Rogers threatening Trump to back down? Establishment continues to pull out all the stops....CIA puppet in N Korea, Israel stirring the pot,HRC has a new hairdo...holy fucktard Batman.

Davidduke2000's picture

Trump must kick this comey guy's ass out and replace him with Sheriff Clark

CHoward's picture

"Trump was hopeless"



dexter_morgan's picture

But they found Brady's jersey, so there.......

newworldorder's picture

You quote as proof a headline from HuffPo? Really?

truthalwayswinsout's picture

Fixing Big Investigations.

Let me get this straight. This guy trashed the criminal charges on Hillary after the nigger Lynch met with Billy Boy on the tarmac and he is still head of the FBI?

It is really easy to remove him.

I really need to change how I do things in life. I need to learn how to lie, cheat, steal and screw everyone who I do business with; that after all is the New America.  And then and only then can I too become director of Fixing Big Investigations.

myth_the_fallen_lords's picture

Nothing on ZH on Trump's blatant lies about wiretapping? I guess when the truth doesn't involve wearing a tinfoil hat and railing against the 'deep state' it's easier to just put your hands over your ears and scream "MAGA TRUMP USA" at the top of your voices.

Apple10's picture

Trump was wiretapped.  Wake up son.

artichoke's picture

He wasn't wiretapped using 1950 technology.  He was surveilled using current technology.  Trump called it wiretapping and you're too stupid to know what he meant.

williambanzai7's picture

Comet has to finish his homework before he gets the boot.

DarthVaderMentor's picture

What Comey nor Rogers strangely did not get asked by anyone, and they did not reveal themselves, was the status of the Clinton and Democratic party investigation of their corruption and espionage activity with the Russians.

Everyone forgot to ask the logical follow-up question that if the Russians had come to the conclusion that Trump was a lost cause in Augusy, then why did they keep trying to cultivate contacts and control among his people? What then happened with the apparent winner, Hillary Clinton? How much money espionage and corruption happened there?

Snípéir_Ag_Obair's picture

So... that evidence that 'Russia' hacked the DNC and gave it to wikileaks revealing emails the msm didnt really cover using the Russian hacking story as cover/diversion...

So - what WAS that evidence again??

I have found not a shred of evidence offered by this government.

Where's the beef?

Snípéir_Ag_Obair's picture

No investigations of AIPAC, the ADL, SPLC, JINSA, or Clinton's pay to play crimes though, right?

"There are two large exceptions to the Russian conspiracy. The first is that it is good policy for the United States to be talking to Russia. If Clinton were president today, there might be dogfights over Damascus. Her gang was all for regime change in Syria, and for confrontation over the Ukraine. That’s bad policy. I’m glad they’re not running the show– though they are certainly running this story. Before you get too upset about Russia winking at the sanctions, the scandal that brought down Michael Flynn, please recall that in 2012, President Obama sent secret signals to Iran to ignore congressional sanctions, we’ll be talking to you once I’m reelected. …

Which brings up the second exception. Israel tried to interfere in that 2012 election, as Chris Matthews sensibly reminded his audience recently: Benjamin Netanyahu tried to help Mitt Romney beat Obama. Sheldon Adelson held a fundraiser in Jerusalem for Romney.

Netanyahu didn’t stop there. After Romney lost, Netanyahu came to Congress to tell the Congress to reject President Obama’s nuclear deal. That was an unprecedented interference of a foreign leader in our policy-making, enabled by the Israel lobby; but there were never any investigations about that. Subsequently Chuck Schumer said he was torn between a Jewish interest and the American interest, before voting against the president, and he paid no political/reputational price for it; while President Obama said that it would be an “abrogation” of his constitutional duty if he considered Israel’s interest ahead of the U.S.; for which Obama was called an anti-semite.

Throughout those negotiations, Obama could never address the fact that Israel has nukes. This lie is honored by the press, in a way that it would never honor Trump’s lies. And the manner in which Israel got nukes, including thefts from an American company with the complicity of the White House, is only investigated by peripheral figures.

The Israeli interference in our politics is the conspiracy in plain sight that no one in the media talks about because they’re too implicated themselves. The two top executives at the largest media company, Comcast, are pro-Israel; one of them, David Cohen, raised money for the Israeli army. Netanyahu’s speeches to Congress were written by Gary Ginsberg, an executive at another media company, Time Warner, but hey, that’s not an issue. Four New York Times reporters have had children serve in the Israeli army.

One of them is columnist David Brooks, who says that he gets gooey-eyed when he visits Israel. He is one of several Zionists with columns at the Times. Tom Friedman justified the Iraq War because suicide bombers were going into Tel Aviv pizza parlors. (Huh?) Yesterday Martin Indyk said on National Public Radio that Jared Kushner’s strong Jewish background was an asset for his being a Middle East mediator, a job that Aaron David Miller, who also has a strong Jewish background, defined as being Israel’s lawyer. Indyk, himself a mediator, started a pro-Israel thinktank with Haim Saban, an Israeli-American who was Clinton’s biggest funder and who lately smeared Keith Ellison at a giant gathering at Brookings, which he also helps fund, as “clearly an anti-semite” and “anti-Israel;” and Jake Tapper of CNN moved on to the next question, presumably because smearing a public official in that manner is not news.

Saban is also chummy with Jeffrey Goldberg, one of whose qualifications for being the best journalist in his generation, according to the Atlantic’s publisher, is that he served in the Israeli Defense Forces, because he felt that America was unsafe for Jews. One of Goldberg’s first hires as editor at the Atlantic is Julia Ioffe, who hates Russia, and who told a synagogue audience last year after she was attacked as a Jew by Trump supporters: “Personally I was kind of glad to see the outpouring of antisemitism” because people had forgotten that Jews and Israel are the “underdog.” At another NY synagogue, believing that he was speaking off the record,

Dennis Ross, the longtime White House “mediator” of the peace process, said that American Jews must be “advocates” for Israel, not for Palestinians. Again, not a scandal. But when Rashid Khalidi, who wrote a book about the U.S. being imbalanced in the peace process, warned that neoconservatives would “infest” the Trump administration, he was smeared up and down as an anti-semite."

serotonindumptruck's picture

Comey reveals just enough information to keep himself alive.

I mean seriously, Comey, of all people, knows enough to keep his mouth shut, if he wants to stay alive anyway.

Folks like you and I can point out the incontrovertable facts all day long and apparently, suffer no real ill effects.

People like Comey fully realize that one small slip-of-the-tongue may result in, at best, a permanent end to their career or, at worst, a permanent end to their existence.

ZD1's picture

The one issue Islamist cuck is trying to hijack the posts again. 

Snípéir_Ag_Obair's picture

and the dumb fuck ziocuck still cries and shits his pants when his precious Israel is exposed for its crimes.

rather counterproductive to fling lame, hackneyed insults at me, ain't it?


Also, Comey should be investigating the Jewish/Israel Lobby for meddling in our elections- not Ivan.

Atomizer's picture

Good job Trey. That's why we love you in South Carolina. 

Had it been me, told Comey to stop at a store to purchase boxes and collect his personal belongings in office.

Your cool headed approach is appreciated. It's a bit emotional for me. Thank you for representing our beautiful state. I wish Ohio and Florida had a clone of you.


NobodyNowhere's picture

If nothing else (no impeachment, etc), the idea is to keep Trump entangled so he gets delayed and possibly prevented in the rollout of his economic plans.

Democracy hijacked.


JB Say's picture

If they wanted to bring Trump down they could have spoofed something and the entire media would run with it like the global warming apocalypse. I think the intel blob is just training their new captive President and creating noise to distract from the Vault 7 bomb while they scramble to figure out what the other 99% of that iceberg might be.

Herdee's picture

A typical idiotic dumb blonde working as an American politician. Do you think she's really that dumb? Trouble is, the answer is YES.

indaknow's picture

So after browsing all my favorite news sources I gather that there's been no confirmation of collusion between Trump and Putin. No evidence of interference by the "Russians" in the election. But... The intelligence community has permission to acknowledge that there's a investigation ongoing into whether there's a connection between Trump and Putin?

This is blatant swamp dwellers Protecting each other to the end. This has to be designed to placate the dems. I'm starting to think this whole anti Trump movement by the establishment is more about saving the democratic party than to bringing Trump down. 

They fucked up in 2016 and everyone knows it.

Russia !BOO!

serotonindumptruck's picture

Of course they're going to protect each other until the end. I mean, what's the alternative? Turn on each other and bring the entire house-of-cards down upon everyone?

The entire geo-political situation has become so incredibly precarious that the status quo must be maintained at all costs.

We all exist at the point where the slightest provocation may ignite the entire planet. No one wants to be the last man standing when the economic game of musical chairs ends, and yet, we all want to be able to preempt everyone else.

I fear that there is a great global die-off about to occur, and it won't matter whatsoever who is in the White House.