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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roadhazard's picture

So when Comey says something it's suspect and when he doesn't say anything it's suspect. Check

Collectivism Killz's picture

Pretty much everyone and everything is suspect at this point. Everyone in government has a theory that some conspiracy is pitted against them. I, for one, am loving watch the elites tear each other apart. I wonder how many demtards realize that getting Trump just ensures bible-thumping Neocons regain full control.

gilhgvc's picture

YES!!!!! Uber Christian Pence then rolls back Roe V Wade and all LGBT rules...dumb ass anti-trumpers

Snípéir_Ag_Obair's picture

No- when he says nothing of substance, finooks like you think its important.

Get it?

Zorba's idea's picture

Sobering perspective Jim from MN, "the $65 Billion incremental increase  in our military budget is greter than all of Russia's total annual budget"  Our "Fiat" factory feeds the MIC's conflated, inflated, corrupted enterprise with virtual blank checks. I would love to see a comparison of the net,net,net cost of US military hardware vs Russia's. The bang for the buck we're getting from this racket is, shall we say, Deplorable. 

Falling Down's picture

THe Jews are rattling their Jew stars and menorahs at Syria again:

south40_dreams's picture

So the Russians sub'd out their polling research to CNN?

crosey's picture

Just woke up after a 20-year sleep.  What the fuck is going on?!

LA_Goldbug's picture

Its just a nightmare. Go back to sleep and you will feel better.

gilhgvc's picture

absolutely, it seems to work for 98% of this damned country...and we are DAMNED.

aloha_snakbar's picture

Same old shit, different decade..

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 5:19 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 5:27 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?